Salty back in lineup after receiving 12 stitches

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Salty back in lineup after receiving 12 stitches

PHILADELPHIA -- In a startling recovery, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be back in the starting lineup Saturday, less than 24 hours after he took a ball of his left ear which
required 12 stitches.

"Salty checked out well at the hospital (Friday) night,'' said manager Bobby Valentine. "He texted me as soon as it was over and told me he was ready to go as soon as he got clearance.But we waited until he came out today. When he got into the trainer's
room, the trainers gave him the green light."

"He's got some stitches, but there were no problems with the head or the eyes or things you might worry about when it's a blow to the head.''

Saltalamacchia wasn't concerned about suffering a concussion of being struck.

"I didn't have any symptoms,'' he said. "The biggest thing they were worried about was a fracture (behind the ear). But the CT-scan showed nothing.''

Saltalamacchia watched replay of the play later and was astounded by the path the ball took to get to him.

"It was amazing,'' he said. "Usually, when you throw the ball in, you kind of flinch away, just so the backswing doesn't hit you. That's kind of what I did and it hit his forearm, then perfectly hit my forearm and went right to the ear.''
Saltalamacchia briefly considered using the goalie-style catching mask to offer better protection, but ultimately chose to stay with his own mask.

"I used it in high school,'' said Saltalamacchia of the goalie mask. "But they're heavy and after foul boul after foul ball, they're loud. I stopped using it because they're so damn
loud. But it would have stopped me from getting hurt (Friday) night, that's for sure.''

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"Yeah. Dave (Dombrowski), and I and Carl (Willis), we always have conversations about every guy, so this will be no different. We know that Eddie (Rodriguez) is ready to come back to us, but there's been no decision made as of right now.'' - John Farrell, asked whether the team intends to assess Clay Buchholz's spot in the starting rotation.

"(I'm) not demoralized. The team's still winning. I'm basically the only one that's struggling. . . The other guys are doing a really good job of picking up the slack that I'm leaving behind.'' - Buchholz.

"That's out of my pay grade; I can't worry about that. I'm here to pitch. If I don't have a spot, that's part of it. As they say, if you don't like it, pitch better. That's what it comes down to.'' - Buchholz.

"It was a fun ride. I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed it. Most of all, the team played really well during it. I was blessed to be in this situation.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on the end of his 29-game winning streak.

"I'm very proud of myself. To be able to get the opportunity to go this far, it's a blessing. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. Obviously, you want to get a hit, but it's tough getting a hit day-in, day-out. It was a pretty special run for me.'' - Bradley.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr's 29-game hitting streak came to an end. It's tied for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 19 games, now the longest such streak in the big leagues.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base via a walk or a hit in each of his last 15 starts.

* In David Ortiz's last 15 games, he has 16 extra-base hits and 20 RBI.

* The Red Sox have scored 51 runs in the first inning over 47 games, an average of 1.09 per first inning.

* Ortiz (double, homer) passed Ty Cobb to move into 13th place on the all-time extra-base hit list.

* Ortiz set a personal record by knocking in multiple runs for the fourth straight game.

* The three homers allowed by Clay Buchholz were a season-high.

 

STARS

1) Jon Gray

Gray earned the first road win of his career by going 7 1/3 innings and blanking the Red Sox after the first inning.

2) Dustin Garneau

The Colorado catcher set a career best with six total bases, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth and a double in the ninth.

3) David Ortiz

Ortiz homered in the first inning to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead four batters into the game, then chipped in with a leadoff double in the fourth.