"If rest made it better, then I wasn't going to have to have it," Saltalamacchia said Monday. "But if the rest isn't doing it, it's progressing more toward surgery than anything else."
Saltalamacchia, on the disabled list since Aug. 15 because of recurring numbness, had the same problem when catching during a minor league rehab assignment Sunday. He caught seven innings, instead of the scheduled nine, before coming out of the game.
"It felt great going into the fifth inning. After that I felt fatigue and a little but of numbness," he said. "By the seventh, all the fingers in my hand were numb so I couldn't feel the ball. ... I'm not happy. After 15 days I still have symptoms. I was hoping for something better."
When asked about the prospects of surgery, Saltalamacchia said it's "probably a 50-50 chance." He still was to be examined by a doctor.
The Rangers play a doubleheader Tuesday, when Teagarden will catch the first game and Rodriguez the nightcap.