Red Sox equipment manager Joe Cochran was prepared for the moment Jarrod Saltalamacchia got called up to Boston. Cochran made the jersey with the longest last name in MLB history ahead of time, so all he would have to do is add the number when the catcher arrived.
On Wednesday, Cochran’s hard work went to good use, as Saltalamacchia got the call up from Boston, replacing catcher Kevin Cash who landed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury. Though he’s had notable issues throughout the first few years of his career, Saltalamacchia is ready for a fresh start with the Red Sox.
“I’ve had some up and down years,” Saltalamacchia told reporters before Wednesday’s game. “When I heard the news [about coming to Boston] obviously I was excited and thrilled to come over here just to get the opportunity to remake myself.”
Saltalamacchia gets the call up after five games with the Pawtucket Red Sox where he went 5-for-21 with three doubles and two RBIs.
To hear all the updates on Saltalamacchia’s call up to the big club, check out the video below from Red Sox Gameday Live.
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