Tito on Salty's throws: "Little bit in and out"

April, 16, 2011
BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw a ball into center field on Aaron Hill's stolen base in the fourth inning Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hill did not advance, so Saltalamacchia was not charged with an error, but he now has made several throws that have sailed into the outfield.

Saltalamacchia also bounced a throw to third on the Jays' double steal in the seventh inning and bounced another throw to second when Hill stole second, the last of four stolen bases by the Jays in their 7-6 win over the Red Sox. He has bounced throws to the bag on a number of occasions already this season.

If this continues, it could evolve into a significant issue for the Red Sox, who have only 39-year-old backup Jason Varitek as their other experienced option at catcher. Saltalamacchia also is off to a slow start at the plate, batting .138, and was lifted for a pinch-hitter (Jed Lowrie) in the eighth with the Sox down four runs in a situation in which a home run would definitely have helped. But so far, Saltalamacchia has just one extra-base hit, a double.

Manager Terry Francona was asked to assess Saltalamacchia's throws.

"A little bit in and out,'' Francona said. "When he's right, he's real good. And when he's not, when he either double-clutches … he's left a few balls up, he's left a few balls down. When he does it right, it's really good. We've gotten some real good times on him to second. And we've also seen a few not as accurate as you need to be.

"It's not for a lack of trying, I can tell you that.''

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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