Jarrod Saltalamacchia out of hospital

BOSTON -- The mystery never was completely solved, but the bottom line was all that mattered Monday to Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

And the bottom line was that he was healthy enough to leave his bed at Massachusetts General Hospital and rejoin the team after a mysterious infection in his right leg forced him to the hospital and onto the disabled list on Aug. 19.

Saltalamacchia's right leg swelled up, causing him pain a little more than a week ago, which precipitated a visit to the hospital for an examination. Doctors weren't able to pinpoint a cause for the problem, and the leg swelled even more the next day, necessitating a hospital stay.

Fortunately for Saltalamacchia, antibiotics from an IV were able to combat the infection. If they hadn't worked -- and oral antibiotics did not -- doctors had been discussing surgery to find out the cause and treatment necessary to bring the problem under control.

"I was miserable, sitting in a bed. There was nothing I could do," said Saltalamacchia, who was obtained by the Red Sox from the Rangers on July 31.

"I don't know how I got [the infection]. Hopefully I'm past that now. I feel good. There's still a little pain, but the infection's gone. My leg is back to normal size.

"I had a wheelchair the last two days so I could get around a little, but other than that I was in bed hooked up to an IV. I couldn't go anywhere."

On Monday, Saltalamacchia was able to make it to Fenway Park, where he played some catch, his first baseball-related activity in a while. On Tuesday, he's hoping to take batting practice. On Thursday, the Red Sox expect to send him to Rochester to join the Pawtucket Red Sox for a rehab stint.