Results tagged ‘ Jarrod Saltalamacchia ’

Operation Tuck

One area fans of the Red Sox don’t see is the work that catching instructor Gary Tuck does with Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Cash in the early to mid-afternoon hours, when the stadium is nearly empty.

Manager Terry Francona talked at length about the work done by Tuck, who is perceived by many to be the most renwowned catching coach in MLB.

“I don’t want to say they never take a day off, but they have a rigid schedule that they follow and I love it,” Francona said. “When I was with the Phillies, we used to go out and play the Diamdonbacks and I don’t know who the catching guy was, but I always saw the catchers do this little drill before the game and I thought that’s really impressive. I like it. It seemed to make sense. They weren’t overdoing it.

“And Tuckster has probably taken that to a whole new level, and I love it. You’ve got to have not only the knowledge and the relelnteless personality to get guys out there every day, but he’s good. He’s really, really good.

Tuck is inventive, to say the least. “He’s got all kinds of gadgets  and I think he tries to make it somewhat fun or interesting or demanding, but he expects a lot out of them. They do whatever they’re asked, whether they’re scared of him or like him. They do it. He’s done a lot. Victor went through a pretty tough time early, they’ve spent a lot of time together. Victor’s done a hell of a job.

Even 38-year-old catcher Jason Varitek has been known to marvel at the work of Tuck.

“They all do,” Francona said. “It’s unbeliavable. Salty, that’s the first thing he said to me when he came over, he goes, ‘I can’t wait.’ His reptuation’s out there. He doesn’t take days off. He’s kind of relenteless with it. “

The return of the Captain

For the first time since June 30, Red Sox manager Terry Francona has posted a lineup that has the name of Jason Varitek in it. Boston’s captain broke his right foot that night of his last start, and has patiently waited on the bench since being activated eight days ago.

It is a strange time for Varitek, as the Red Sox — on the cusp of falling out of contention — want to get a look at Jarrod Saltalamacchia with an eye toward next season.

Could this be the end for Varitek in Boston? He is very clear in the fact he wants to play well beyond this season. But he’s again a free agent, and the Red Sox could look to go younger at that position. Of course, the Victor Martinez negotiations also have a large bearing on whether Varitek resurfaces. It’s hard to imagine any circumstance in which both those players would be on the roster next year.

Saltalamacchia latest to catch injury bug

Is there any end to the injury barrage? Today’s news is that Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been placed on the disabled list with a lower right leg infection. Dusty Brown will take his place on the roster. Saltalamacchia is currently at Massachusetts General Hospital getting treated, and the hope is that they can knock this infection out within a few days.

Meanwhile, Josh Beckett made big news by getting shelled in his last two starts. But he was dominant in his first three starts off the DL so perhaps it’s not quite panic city yet. That said, the Sox desperately need Beckett to come up big tonight.

The Tigers didn’t do the Red Sox any favors in the Bronx. They are about to get swept by the Yankees.The Rays start a West Coast trip in Oakland tonight.