Maybe this explains it: The Marlins placed slumping catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the 7-day concussion DL this morning and called up J.T. Realmuto from Double A Jacksonsville to take his place. Saltalamacchia had a miserable month, hitting just .177 with no home runs in May. Saturday, he went 0 for 3 with a pair of whiffs and was also charged with a throwing error.
When I spoke to him yesterday to talk about his slump (read about it here), he seemed all right, and there's been no indication from anyone that he's been dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Obviously, that's not the case. Will have to look it up when I get to the ballpark, but he recently took a shot to the head on a hitter's backswing and I assume that's where it all originated. Like I said, will get more details when I get to the park.
Realmuto [stats] is hitting .301 with five homers and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .867 for Double A Jacksonville, and he gets the nod to take Saltalamacchia's roster spot over Rob Brantly, who is at Triple A New Orleans and is the other catcher available on the 40-man roster. This will be Realmuto's first time in the majors.
More than likely, Jeff Mathis will handle most of the catching chores in Saltalamacchia's absence, with Realmuto on standby.