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.