...because his security blanket Jason Varitek has been scratched. Tito originally thought he would be OK to play, but after the bullpen session changed his tune. Enter Salty.
The Sox wanted to pair Varitek with Josh Beckett, as they have all season.
"I think he's OK,'' said Terry Francona before making the eventual switch. "But (Jarrod Saltalamacchia) is going to follow him down to the bullpen (to get ready just in case). I do think (Varitek's) OK. But if you see something happen where Salty emerges in our lineup, maybe the squatting was too much. I don't think it's going to be, but that's what we have going.''
It turns out the squatting was too much.
Just to provide some insurance, Luis Exposito was called up to give the Red Sox a fourth catcher. Exposito was already on the 40-man roster, so it didn't require any move.
Tito goes on to note that it's kind of weird that Expo wasn't up with the big club as it was, and he's absolutely right. Tek is a ticking time bomb for getting hurt, and if Expo has any shot at being out future catcher, he should be up for the experience anyway.
Regardless, Josh is going to have to dig deep and figure out how to get on the same page as Salty. We absolutely can't lose when Beckett pitches, given our alternatives.