Saltalamacchia: 'Throwing problems over'

July, 31, 2010
BOSTON -- ESPNDallas reporter Richard Durrett talked with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after his trade from the Rangers to the Red Sox, and the catcher said it was "probably time for a fresh start.''

"I loved it here in Texas and really bonded with a lot of those guys," Saltalamacchia said. "But for whatever reason it wasn't a fit. That's OK. I'm excited to go to Boston and keep working."

Saltalamacchia told Durrett he already has talked to general manager Theo Epstein and was headed to Triple-A Pawtucket.

"He wanted me to keep doing what I've been doing," Saltalamacchia said. "They gave up some good players to get me, so I feel good about how they value me."

Saltalamacchia said he is over his issue of throwing to the pitcher and hasn't had a problem in two months.

"Once I figured out it wasn't mental, I was OK," Saltalamacchia said. "It was a physical issue where I wasn't in the proper arm slot and then I made it a mental issue. Now I'm throwing in the right slot and it's fine."

Saltalamacchia was going through a throwing routine with Oklahoma City manager Bobby Jones and said he will continue to do that in Pawtucket. He added that he doesn't do the double tap in the glove before throwing to the mound anymore. Maybe that's a good sign that he is moving past the problem.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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