There was no word Monday afternoon whether Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who suffered a thumb fracture on his glove hand Sunday, would be placed on the disabled list. There's a chance he could continue to catch with some extra protection for the thumb.
If Martinez is going to be out for a while, Boston is going to have to go outside the organization for help -- the top two Triple-A catchers in the organization are out, naturally, with thumb injuries.
WEEI.com points out an obvious solution: Kevin Cash. Cash is currently at Triple-A in the Astros organization, and with Houston giving Jason Castro his big break, there's not likely to be a need or a place for Cash at the major-league level. The Astros would probably let the Red Sox have him for practically nothing (or, if they want to be literal, they could trade Cash for cash).
Cash, 32, played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. He has experience catching several Red Sox pitchers, most importantly knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
Cash batted .204 in 20 games at the major-league level this season, so he's not exactly an offensive replacement for Martinez (.289, 38 RBI), but the injury-plagued Red Sox are not really in a position to pick and choose right now.
-- David Andriesen
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