BOSTON -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia took a swing Monday night against the Indians, and part of his bat splintered and went flying down the first-base line. But something else was soaring much further. That would be the baseball, which Saltalamacchia hammered down the line in right for a home run, his 10th of the season.
Don't let the busted bat fool you. Saltalmacchia squared that ball up, just like he's done to a lot of other pitches of late during a nine-game hitting streak, which matches a career high.
"I was looking at the ball," Saltalamacchia said. "I hit it on the good part of the bat, and I felt the bat break, but I saw the ball still going so I was trying to see if it was going to hook around the pole or keep going, or what."
Acquired by the Red Sox on July 31, 2010, as a low-risk, high-reward proposition, Saltalmacchia has become just what general manager Theo Epstein hoped he could be.
During the streak, Saltalmacchia is hitting .378 with four homers and 12 RBIs.
"I feel good," Saltalamacchia said. "I feel comfortable at the plate. For me, I'm just putting quality plate appearances together. Feeling comfortable at the plate is good, but it's not as good if we don't get the win."
Saltalmacchia's two-run shot in the sixth tied the game, but the Red Sox suffered a 9-6 loss to the Indians.
"The way bats are now, they're so light and they're so dry sometimes, he hit that ball right on the barrel," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "That wasn't a jam-shot home run. He hit it right on the barrel, and it exploded. That happens from time to time, just because the bats are so dry."
Bedard to debut Thursday vs. Tribe
BOSTON -- Left-hander Erik Bedard, who spent the bulk of Monday traveling from Seattle to Boston, will debut for the Red Sox on Thursday night at Fenway against the Indians.
The Red Sox acquired Bedard just moments before Sunday's non-waiver Trade Deadline expired.
He will report to Fenway Park on Tuesday, at which point he'll get the chance to get familiar with manager Terry Francona and his new teammates. Bedard is also expected to meet with the Boston media.
"I talked to him yesterday a little bit, before we got to the airport," said Francona. "Yeah, he was terrific. He said he's looking forward to it, and we talked about his day to pitch so he can get himself sort of settled when he gets here and everything. We're looking forward to getting him going."
With the addition of Bedard, the Red Sox will wait until next week to subtract someone from the five-man rotation.
For now, Bedard will simply supplement the existing rotation amid a juncture when the Red Sox don't have a day off until Aug. 11.
Josh Beckett will pitch Tuesday, and Tim Wakefield will make his second attempt at win No. 200 on Wednesday.
When Bedard makes his Boston debut, he will be on a pitch count. The lefty only lasted 57 pitches in his first start back from the disabled list on July 29.
Andrew Miller will be available out of the bullpen Thursday to piggyback Bedard.
The addition of Bedard means that Jon Lester can now pitch Friday against the Yankees instead of in the Indians series. John Lackey and Beckett will finish the three-game weekend showdown against New York.
If Miller isn't needed in the bullpen on Thursday, he will open the road trip at Minnesota on Monday. Otherwise, Wakefield will start Monday, followed by Miller on Tuesday.
Once the Red Sox get to Seattle for the off-day, Francona will evaluate how the rotation best fits together.
"We don't have that day off until we go to Seattle, and then we have two in about a four-day span," Francona said. "Obviously, the six-man thing doesn't help then. We'll get to that off-day, and then we'll probably mix and match a little bit and we'll see what we feel puts us in our best position. For the time being, they can all use an extra day."
Scutaro exits game after feeling dizzy
BOSTON -- A bout of dizziness ended Marco Scutaro's night early Monday in Boston's 9-6 loss to the Indians at Fenway Park.
The shortstop, who had an RBI single off Josh Tomlin in his only at-bat, in the second inning, said after the game he felt better and that he first felt off during batting practice. He left in the middle of the fourth inning.
"I felt kind of dizzy and my heartbeat was kind of fast, a little shaky. But now I'm good," Scutaro said. "It started in BP. Then I came up here, I ate something and felt kind of good, but when the game started I started kind of feeling like that again, but it wasn't as bad as BP time."
With Scutaro unsure of what triggered the episode, manager Terry Francona said he didn't want to take chances.
"He was real light-headed. A little bit of an elevated heart rate," Francona said. "He was checked here and checked out fine. We'll get him checked out a little bit more tomorrow. That's not something you want to play with."
Scutaro's been hot of late, with multihit games in his previous two contests entering Monday. His average since the All-Star break is .310.
Lowrie begins rehab games at Pawtucket
BOSTON -- For the first time in six weeks, Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie played a baseball game. The switch-hitter, who had been sidelined with a left shoulder injury, kicked off a rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket by going 0-for-2.
From the report manager Terry Francona got, at least one of the outs was a line drive. Lowrie will serve as the designated hitter for Pawtucket on Tuesday.
Lowrie will work out with the Red Sox on Wednesday, and then play for Pawtucket Thursday and Friday.
The Sox will re-evaluate his time table after that, meaning there's at least a chance Lowrie could play this weekend against the Yankees.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.