Farrell: Saltalamacchia likely out 2-3 days

Farrell: Saltalamacchia likely out 2-3 days
September 3, 2013, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- When David Ross was in the starting lineup Tuesday night in place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, most assumed it had to with the comfort that starter Jon Lester has built with Ross.
Turns out, there was more to it than that.
Saltalamacchia had been battling some lower back soreness in recent days, and Monday afternoon, the problem became more acute. Saltalamacchia finished Monday's game, but is out Tuesday night and will probably miss a few more games to give the back a chance to heal.
"He's dealing with some lower back soreness that is likely going to need two or three days to try to get ahead of it,'' said John Farrell. "That's what we have planned for him the next two or three days here. Over the past three or four days, it's started to rear its head a little bit more than some general soreness that guys are dealing with.
"Throughout the course of (Monday's) game, it became apparent that he needed a little bit of a breather.''
Saltalamacchia had played in 108 games to date and started 99 of the first 139 games this season and is on pace to set career highs for games played and plate appearances.
Farrell said he'd noticed the back bothering Saltalamacchia "a little bit'' in his at-bats in recent days and "in the transfer to some of his throws.''
Thanks to expanded rosters, the Red Sox already have a third catcher on the roster in the person of Ryan Lavarnway, giving Farrell a backup option behind Ross. And should Saltalamacchia's problems persist, the Sox could easily promote either Dan Butler or Christian Vazquez from the minors. Both players are already on the 40-man roster.