Salty returns to Boston after surgery

BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was in the clubhouse Friday afternoon after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb last Tuesday. Dr. Thomas Graham performed the procedure at the Cleveland Clinic.

Graham also performed a season-ending procedure on first baseman Kevin Youkilis.

Saltalamacchia’s ligament apparently has been detached since he suffered an injury in mid-July.

“On the X-ray you can see a little piece of the bone that fell off. It’s pretty cool,” Saltalamacchia said. “[Graham] felt it was a clean surgery. He fixed everything that needed to be fixed.”

Saltalamacchia will be in a cast for the next two weeks, then will have the stitches removed and should be ready to begin his offseason workout routine on time.

“[Graham] is confident [rehab] will be a little quicker than they expected, which was 10-12 weeks,” he said. “If all goes well in 6-8 weeks, I can work with [Sox bullpen coach Gary] Tuck. [Graham] was confident I could play major league baseball by 10 weeks so 6-8 shouldn’t be far off.”

Saltalamacchia suffered the injury while playing for Triple-A Oklahoma prior to his trade to Boston. He did not inform anyone of the injury because he wanted to play.

“[Red Sox scouts] came to town a few days [after the injury] to see me play,” Saltalamacchia said. “They were obviously happy with the way I played, but I kept it to myself because I wanted to play, regardless of the trade.”