Spring Training injuries are much like the Chinese New Year. There always seems to be the “Year of…” every season at this time. One year it’s the oblique, another it’s the intracostal. For this particular Spring, it is the Year of the Calf and the Arizona Diamondbacks have felt its effects. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, competing for a backup spot, has endured a major blow due to a strained calf. This injury opens up a range of possibilities as to who sits behind Miguel Montero.
This type of setback does not bode well for Gosewisch. Considering that catchers have to use that muscle quite often, there is the very real possibility that he will open the season the disabled list. It means that the backup catcher’s spot is wide open. 42-year old Henry Blanco is in camp and is/was seen as Tuffy’s main competition. Also competing are Bobby Wilson, who has 389 at-bats in five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and Blake Lalli who was signed as a free agent last October. Blanco would be considered the favorite among the three although GM Kevin Towers speaks highly of Wilson and Lalli can also play first base.
This is a tough break for Gosewisch. He looked forward to making a Major League club for the first time out of Spring Training. This injury will no doubt strike a dagger in those hopes.