At some point, one just has to throw in the towel and concede that the gods just aren't interested in helping out.
The Red Sox recorded their 19th player on the disabled list as backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was placed on the DL with a leg infection. Salty complained of a sore leg on Thursday and was sent to the hospital where an infection was found, according to the Boston Globe .
Rest easy -- it's not the MRSA virus , but it's not clear what it is. Tests are currently taking place to see if it is a staph infection. Saltalamacchia, acquired from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline, is currently hooked up to an IV for antibiotics. Even though Salty could be out just a few days, the Red Sox couldn't afford to wait around for a backup catcher, so tapped Dusty Brown to replace Saltalamacchia.
This is Brown's second stint with the Red Sox, having previously paired up with Kevin Cash to form one of the worst offensive catching tandems while Victor Martinez was on the DL. (Gustavo Molina also paired up with Cash for their own terrible combo.) Brown hit .182 in 11 plate appearances as a 28-year-old after replacing . Down in Triple-A, Brown has split time with Mark Wagner to hit .219/.309/.391 in 247 plate appearances.
Wagner, for his part, is at .202/.264/.340 in 107 PA and was on the disabled list, doing a rehab start for Class A Lowell. He has now rejoined the PawSox and will pair with Molina.
-- Evan Brunell
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