NEW YORK — Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Thursday that the pain in his lower back is under control and he expects to return to the Red Sox lineup on Saturday.
Saltalamacchia has been out for three days to manage an injury that had steadily been getting worse.
“There’s nothing structurally wrong. But there was a lot of inflammation in there and it was bothering,” Saltalamacchia said. “I’ve had some back issues before but this was more than that. It’s not serious, but I needed some time.”
Saltalamacchia worked out and did some throwing on Thursday before the game, and is planning to take batting practice on Friday.
“We did the right thing. This is going to help me be ready for the rest of the season, and hopefully October,” he said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.