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Jarrod Saltalamacchia out 4-6 weeks following thumb surgery

Sep 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with a leg infection one week after joining the Red Sox, returned to get 13 at-bats, and has now been diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament that will require surgery.
He won’t play again this season and will need 4-6 weeks of recovery time, which leaves him ample opportunity to be ready for spring training while adding to Saltalamacchia’s already lengthy list of health problems over the past couple years.
In between the leg infection and thumb injury Saltalamacchia impressed the Red Sox by showing that he’s conquered the throwing problems that plagued him earlier this season. “I think what we saw, we were actually kind of excited about,” manager Terry Francona told Ian Browne of MLB.com. “His running of the game and his energy behind the plate, we really liked. He came out throwing really well.”
With both Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek impending free agents the Red Sox were smart to bring in Saltalamacchia as a fallback option, particularly since he was available for pennies on the dollar from the Rangers. At the very least he figures to be in their plans next season as a backup behind the plate.

  1. BC - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Backup? If he proves that he can hit like he did a couple years ago, he could be the starter. Choose between V-Mart and Ortiz for your DH, save some $ to spend elsewhere for another bat… I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin.

  2. sportsdrenched - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    In a related note, The person who has to sew “Saltalamacchia” onto a Red Sox jersey will also need thumb surgery.

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