By Jeff Louderback
Next season, the Red Sox catching tandem could consist of veteran David Ross and top prospect Ryan Lavarnway. As for now,the 25-year-old Lavarnway has replaced Ross on the 25-man roster since the latter was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
The 36-year-old Ross suffered concussion symptoms in Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Lavarnway, who has hit well in the minors but struggled in a stretch last year with the Red Sox (batting .157 in 166 plate appearances), is thriving at Pawtucket this season.
The right-handed hitting slugger has a .313 average and a .883 OPS in 98 plate appearances.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, is batting .263 with four home runs in 105 plate appearances.