D-backs call up Saltalamacchia; Gosewisch hits 15-day DL

Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a .240 career batting average and 90 home runs over nine major-league seasons.

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An MRI revealed Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a left ACL injury that will require a stay on the 15-day disabled list, and Arizona reacted Friday by calling up veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno. Saltalamacchia will start Friday and catch Rubby De La Rosa, who spent the 2013 season with Saltalamacchia as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

To accommodate Saltalamacchia on the D-backs’ 40-man roster, catcher Oscar Hernandez was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Saltalamacchia, 30, will split the catching duties with Jordan Pacheco. The team lost veteran Gerald Laird to a back injury a week into the season and saw Hernandez, a Rule 5 draft pick, go down in the spring with a broken hamate bone that required surgery.

Saltalamacchia played nine games with the Miami Marlins to begin the 2015 season but was released after going 2 for 29 at the plate. After clearing waivers, the D-backs signed him to a minor-league deal, meaning the bulk of his $7 million contract will be paid by Miami. In nine games with Triple-A Reno, Saltalamacchia has gone 6 for 32 (.188) with two home runs, seven runs batted in, two walks and 13 strikeouts.

Gosewisch’s knee injury occured when the catcher took an awkward step trying to make it safely to first base on Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks opted for Saltalamacchia’s veteran presence over prospect Peter O’Brien, who is slashing .345/.328/.648 with Triple-A Reno. O’Brien has played the majority of the time in the outfield in the minors after a shaky performance behind home plate in spring ball.

Saltalamacchia made his major-league debut with Atlanta in 2007 and has a .240 career batting average while playing for the Braves, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Miami. His most productive seasons where 2011-13, when he hit a combined 55 home runs for the Red Sox and was a member of Boston’s pennant winning team in 2013.

Gosewisch is hitting .211 in 38 games for the D-backs and has thrown out 9 of 20 runners attempting to steal. Pacheco is batting .208 with two home runs and eight RBI in 24 games.

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