David Ross plays more games at catcher than Salty
A stretch? Maybe. Probably. But hear me out. If you think David Ortiz is going to miss significant time, Saltalamacchia, who hit a team-high 25 homers last year but wore down late, could stay fresh by serving as the lefthanded-hitting designated hitter more than occasionally. And Ross is not a typical backup – he hits lefthanders and righthanders equally and relatively effectively, and he's a tremendous thrower and game-caller who is certain to become a favorite of the pitching staff.