The Miami Marlins announced on Sunday that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, according to MLB.com.
The Marlins have recalled catcher prospect J.T. Realmuto, from Double-A Jacksonville to fill the roster spot, however veteran Jeff Mathis will be getting most of the work behind the plate in Salty’s absence.
Realmuto was understandably excited.
Got to call my family today and tell them that my childhood dreams were coming true.. Never felt so blessed! Thank you all for the support!!
— Jacob Realmuto (@JTRealmuto) June 1, 2014
The 23-year-old Realmuto has batted .301 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 46 games this season at Double-A Jacksonville.
Saltalamacchia has been struggling both at the plate and in the field lately, going hitless in his last 13 at-bats, with his season batting average dropping to a mere .237, with just 17 RBI.
His throwing error in the ninth inning of the Marlins 9-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves resulted in an unearned run, and he has made other mental mistakes of late as well.
The Marlins have not disclosed when the injury to Saltalamacchia occurred, or how serious it was.
Interesting to note that the Marlins looked past Triple-A catcher Rob Brantly — who has major league experience — in favor of their prospect Realmuto.