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Struggling behind the plate, Salty working to improve

Struggling behind the plate, Salty working to improve

ATLANTA -- When it comes to his defense, Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia doesn't sugarcoat the numbers.

The 29-year-old has committed 12 errors, which ties him with Cleveland's Yan Gomes for the most by any catcher in the Majors.

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"You play the game the best that you can," Saltalamacchia said. "Errors are going to be along the way. I don't like to make excuses for anything. It's something I've been working on. I've got to continue to work on. It's definitely not something I'm proud of."

A year ago with Boston, Saltalamacchia committed six errors, and he had a .994 fielding percentage. His fielding percentage this season is .977.

After winning the World Series with the Red Sox, Saltalamacchia signed a three-year, free-agent deal with Miami in December.

"A lot of his errors have been throwing errors," manager Mike Redmond said. "I think sometimes he's rushed a few of his throws. He's stood up a few times when he caught the ball on a few throws. It's been tough for him to be consistent with his throwing."

Although he broke in with the Braves in 2007, the switch-hitting catcher had been in the American League since '07, spending time with the Rangers and Red Sox.

Generally, switching leagues is an adjustment. It's no different for Saltalamacchia.

"For me, it's more of a comfort level," the veteran catcher said. "You've been in one league for most of your career. You get comfortable with how guys play the game. You kind of anticipate certain things.

"The National League is a little different. I'm not used to these guys. So anticipating is a little tougher. You've always got to be on the balls of your feet. But things are going to happen. You can't control everything. Go out there, play hard and get better from here.

"The game is different in the National League. A lot of things are moving, a lot of different pieces. A lot more strategy, I guess. Things I've got to adjust to. Little by little, I think that I am. It's part of the game."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less