Surgery an option for Saltalamacchia

Updated: August 31, 2009, 7:33 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been shut down again after experiencing more numbness in his right arm. He might need season-ending surgery.

"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.

Texas manager Ron Washington said Kevin Richardson would be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City when rosters expand Tuesday to be the third catcher behind Ivan Rodriguez and Taylor Teagarden.

The Rangers play a doubleheader Tuesday, when Teagarden will catch the first game and Rodriguez the nightcap.


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