Red Sox activate Jarrod Saltalamacchia

BALTIMORE -- The Boston Red Sox have activated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and utility player Eric Patterson from the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Dustin Richardson from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Saltalamacchia was sidelined since Aug. 19 with a right lower leg infection, and Patterson was out with a neck sprain.

Saltalamacchia played in only three games with Boston this season. Patterson was batting .224 when he went on the DL in mid-August. Richardson had a 2.61 ERA in 19 appearances with Boston before being optioned to Pawtucket on Aug. 18.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said there would likely be other callups once the team's minor league affiliates finish their seasons.