Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Crowding Out Teammates

Hot-hitting rookie catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia took yet another start away from Brian McCann Wednesday, as McCann was reported to have sustained a sore leg while baserunning the night before. Yeah, and McCann had a hangnail and a tummyache, too.

Look for manager Bobby Cox to continue to find excuses to put Saltalamacchia, his cannon arm and big bat into game, especially if he continues to hit.

Too bad Saltalamacchia doesn't play third base, where he could start in place of injured Chipper Jones, who is expected to continue having trouble swinging a bat through most of the remainder of this month.

Why should Cox start Saltalamacchia at third base anyway, when he could be used to replace first baseman Scott Thorman, who is having difficulty keeping his batting average above .200?

Saltalamacchia will continue to take grounders at first base and soon will become more and more a regular player at that position.