Rangers BBTN: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Former Texas Rangers catcher and current Boston Red Sox backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having a healthy season with the Red Sox. He was a guest on Rangers Baseball Tonight which preceded Monday’s game on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network, and he talked about a season of good health and happiness with a team that is a half game back of first place in the American League East.

Salty played parts of four seasons with the Rangers before being traded on July 31 of last season to Boston. His 2009 season was shortened because of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which resulted in surgery. How much did that surgery affect him?

“Thinking back on it, there’s obviously some stuff I wish I would have done. I wish I would have taken more time off instead of trying to rush back. Just be a little smarter with that. As far as catching is concerned, it didn’t really change anything. I just needed to get healthy. And I probably didn’t get healthy until this past offseason.”

Salty entered Monday night’s game with 74 starts behind the plate. He has thrown out seven of the last 16 and 10 of the last 27 potential base stealers. Furthermore, Salty has reached base in 35 of his last 43 games. He is batting .246 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs and has reached base in 35 of his last 43 games.

He was also part of a memorable game in Rangers history on Aug. 22, 2007. Salty was a rookie when the Rangers beat Baltimore 30-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.

“I remember everyone hitting,” Salty recalled about the game in which he hit two home runs and collected seven RBIs. “It was a long day. We went out swinging the bats well. It seemed like nobody could get out. It was a fun day.”

Salty also talked about the impact catcher Jason Varitek and bullpen coach Gary Tuck have had on him. Also, he talks about the trade from the Rangers to the Red Sox.

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