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Jason Varitek Catches Injury Bug, Lands on DL

Kevin Cash, DFA'd by the Astros Return to the Red Sox (Ezra Shaw - Getty Images)

After the injury to Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek was in line to take over starting catcher duties. However, it seems the captain himself was not immune from the injury bug going around, fracturing a foot and landing on the disabled list with nine of his teammates.

With only Gustavo Molina left standing as a healthy major league ready catcher (AAA catchers Dusty Brown and Mark Wagner are on the minor league DL), Theo had to make a move. Thankfully, old friend Kevin Cash, who served as Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher in 2007 and 2008 was available, having been designated for assignment by the Astros a few days earlier.

Cash did not receive the same kind of fanfare in his return as Doug Mirabelli (State Police escort from the airport) but his return is much more important as is taking over starting duties behind the dish rather than serving as a backup caddy and knuckleball specialist. While Kevin Cash won’t contribute much with the bat (.187/.249/.289/.539 career line) he is familiar with the team and some of the pitching staff.

With any luck, Victor Martinez will return after the All-Star break, but until then, Kevin Cash will try to hold the ship together and not foul a ball off his foot or collide with Adrian Beltre.

About Mike Carlucci

Mike Carlucci writes about the Red Sox for Sports of Boston and can be found blogging about baseball and technology. He has a J.D and enjoys palindromes and espresso. You can follow him on Twitter @mikecarlucci or on Google+.

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