Jarrod Saltalamacchia slow start lands him powwow with Francona

While the Boston Red Sox were in the process of getting swept in Texas, several players were getting off to tough starts as well, including Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Salty was hitless in the entire series against the Rangers, going 0-10 with five strikeouts, and Sox manager Terry Francona sat down with Saltalamacchia for a little powwow prior to the start of the series with the Cleveland Indians.

“I’d really like to get Salty going here. He was so overanxious, so swinging at everything. I’d like to get him settled in,” Francona told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

“That’s kind of what I did. I said settle down. It’s a long year, settle down. He knows that. It’s human nature sometimes. This game will humble you in a minute.”

As for when backup catcher Jason Varitek will get a start, Francona indicated that Tek’s time would come soon.

“I think I’d like Tek to catch tomorrow or next day. If we did it tonight, it wouldn’t matchup right. I thought about it, but I think it would work our better if we went tomorrow or the next day. He’s gonna catch one of the two.”

The temperature at game time tonight is expected to be at around 41, however it will dip into the high 30’s as the game progresses. Francona essentially said that layering is the only real option.

“I’m going to start (layering clothes) in 10 minutes and once it’s on, it’s on. That means urinating is done for the night. Because I’m gonna be layering up as much as I can,” Francona quipped.

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