Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saltalamacchia Diagnosed With Hip Bursitis

On Wednesday, Red Sox starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with bursitis in his hip. Apparently the case is not too bad as Saltalamacchia said "During the season I'd play on it, easy. But in Spring Training, there's really no point in doing that." Salty will be taking it easy the next few days as Kelly Shoppach and Ryan Lavarnway will see some more time behind the plate. Saltalamacchia will be taking a leadership role on the team in the upcoming season with Jason Varitek having retired; with Varitek on the squad last season, he batted .235/.288/.450 with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs in 103 games. So far this spring, Salty is 1-9 with an RBI-- he has walked once and struck out three times. However, in the Red Sox lineup right now, offense is not the issue. If he can handle the pitching staff well and bat as he did last year, Salty should be a lock for starting catcher.

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