11 August 2010
The Boston Globe is reporting that Kevin Cash is headed to the DL with a hamstring injury and recently acquired Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been called up to fill his spot.
Cash was pulled from Houston when Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek landed on the DL. Cash had experience catching many of the Red Sox starters, including Tim Wakefield, so the move made sense. But Cash has been absolutely dreadful with the bat... and with time running out in the playoff race, this injury couldn't have come at a better time.
Cash was 8 for 54 (.148) with one double and zero RBI. I don't want to beat a guy while he's down, but that's awful.
Salty, who came over from Texas before he trade deadline, was 5 for 21 (.238) in his short stint in Pawtucket and had two hits and RBI in his last game. In 2007, he hit .309 with 6 homers in 22 games for in Double A and hit .266 with 11 HRs in 93 major league games. In 2008, he hit .291 in 15 AAA games and was quickly promoted, but hit .253 with 3 homers in 230 plate appearances in the majors. In 2009, he logged 310 plate appearances, but hit .233 with 9 HR and 12 doubles... but the Red Sox kept tabs on the switch hitting catcher.
His 2010 season has been marred with injuries, but now healthy, he should help the Red Sox behind the plate and possibly at first base.
He certainly can't be any worse than Cash was.
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