Salty gets day off after back spasms

BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been given Saturday off after he was removed from Friday's game in the eighth inning due to back spasms.

"Salty's going to rest all day today and not take batting practice," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "He had a pretty good spasm. We talked about the situation and the situation is, let's make sure it's perfect before he comes back in September, but he wants to play so it'll probably be only a day or two."

Saltalamacchia has played a total 106 games this season and has a .225 average with 23 homers and 53 RBI. Rookie catcher Ryan Lavarnway is starting behind the plate and batting sixth.