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Saltalamacchia reunites with former club

Saltalamacchia reunites with former club

ARLINGTON -- With the Red Sox in Texas for a three-game series with the Rangers, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was given the opportunity to reunite with the club that traded him two weeks ago.

The Red Sox acquired Saltalamacchia at the July 31 Trade Deadline from the Rangers for Minor Leaguers Roman Mendez and Chris McGuiness along with a player to be named later and cash.

Two weeks later, Saltalamacchia is already in the Major Leagues and in the ballpark where he played for the last four seasons.

"I'm excited to be back to see the guys again," Saltalamacchia said. "All in all, I'm just excited to be back up in the big leagues and getting a chance to play."

Saltalamacchia came to Texas by way of a trade with the Atlanta Braves when the Rangers sent Mark Teixeira to the Braves in exchange for Saltalamacchia and four others, including shortstop Elvis Andrus and closer Neftali Feliz.

Saltalamacchia provided the game-winning hit in the Rangers' Opening Day win over the Blue Jays but was placed on the disabled list two days later and never played for the club again.

"I didn't expect it this soon. But like I said, there's no bad blood there," Saltalamacchia said. "I spoke with [general manager Jon Daniels] and [assistant GM] Thad [Levine] ... today. I hope to see the guys and say hi to them. I think this is a great fit for me. It's a great opportunity for me. No hard feelings. I'm in a great place."

Added Rangers manager Ron Washington: "Salty still has ability at the big league level. They've been hurting in the catching department at the big league level and they feel like they have a quality guy. So they brought him up. It's not surprising. They have been after him for a while. I'm very happy for him and his family."

Saltalamacchia hit .243 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs for the Rangers. In two games with the Red Sox, he's 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

"I think it was just one of those things where I just didn't do it. Plain as day," Saltalamacchia said of his time in Texas. "I got some opportunities and I didn't run with it. It can go either way, but I'm looking to run with it here.

"I think they felt the same way I did. Change of scenery. They put me in a great place. They could have put me anywhere and they put me here. Boston has wanted me for a few years. I think they did me a favor putting me here."

Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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