Saltalamacchia was hit just below the collarbone on his right side by a foul tip off the bat of Orioles’ Adam Jones in the bottom of the eighth inning. Saltalamacchia dropped to the ground in obvious pain and was removed from the game, which the Red Sox lost 6-3, dropping them into a tie in the AL wild-card race with the Tampa Bay Rays.
After the game Saltalamacchia said the loss was worse than his injury.
“It kind of missed everything. It didn’t hit the chest protector and hit me around the collarbone. Thankfully the X-rays are negative and I’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he said.
Saltalamacchia said he’ll come to the ballpark early on Tuesday to receive treatment and hopefully will feel OK to play.
“It’s sore right now,” he said. “Hopefully it gets better over night and I’ll come back tomorrow.”
In 2009, while he was playing for the Texas Rangers, Saltalamacchia was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and had surgery to remove an extra rib from his right side. The golf-sized lump from the foul tip on Monday was right where the scar is from that surgery.
Saltalamacchia was a last-minute addition to the lineup after fellow catcher Jason Varitek was scratched due to a sore right knee. The captain was hit by a pitch in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Yankees in New York. He attempted to run and stretch out prior to catching Red Sox starter Josh Beckett’s pregame warmup in the bullpen, but it was obvious Varitek could not play.
“We went through everything just to try to get loose out there,” Varitek said.
Because of Saltalamacchia’s uncertain availability for Tuesday’s game, Varitek said he would prepare to play if needed.
“Let’s just get to tomorrow,” Varitek said.