The Boston Red Sox recalled catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday and placed catcher Kevin Cash on the 15-day disabled list.
The switch-hitting Saltalamacchia was acquired by Boston on July 31 in a trade with Texas. He played just two games for the Rangers this season before going on the DL with back and shoulder pain, then struggled with his throwing at Triple-A before being traded.
Saltalamacchia is expected to make his Boston debut behind the plate in Thursday's game at Toronto, with Victor Martinez moving to first base and Mike Lowell getting the day off.
Drafted by Atlanta in 2003, Saltalamacchia has a career average of .251 with 23 homers and 94 RBIs in 240 games.
Cash injured his left hamstring in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees. The eight-year veteran, who began the season with Houston, joined the Red Sox in a July 1 trade and is batting .176 with no home runs or RBIs in 20 games since.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, out since June 25 with a broken left foot, ran again Wednesday and reported no pain, manager Terry Francona said. Pedroia will fly back to Boston on Thursday and is scheduled to undergo X-rays Friday. If he receives clearance, Pedroia will play second base for Pawtucket on Saturday night, be the designated hitter Sunday, then rejoin the Red Sox in time for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Boston is off Monday.
Francona also said outfielder Mike Cameron, who has not played since July 30 with a torn abdominal muscle, felt good after taking batting practice Tuesday and would hit again Wednesday.
Carlos Delgado, who signed a minor league deal with Boston last week, will DH at Pawtucket on Wednesday, Francona said. Delgado went 0 for 3 in his Pawtucket debut Monday and did not play Tuesday because the Red Sox wanted Saltalamacchia to play first base.