Jarrod Saltamacchia's break from from Major League Baseball could end up lasting a little longer than expected.
The Miami Marlins catcher was designated for assignment Monday following the birth of his son, effectively ending his tenure with the club. Miami now has 10 days to either trade, release or place him on waivers.
Miami placed Saltalamacchia on the Paternity List on Friday and purchased the contract of catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple A New Orleans to fill Saltalamacchia's place. The 29-year-old's wife recently gave birth to the couple's fourth child.
Saltalamacchia had two hits in 33 plate appearances this season for the Marlins before going on paternity leave. The catcher signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Marlins before the 2014 season and is owed slightly less than $15 million from the team through the 2016 season, according to Fox Sports.
In 2014, he hit .210 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI.
- Will Green