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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ross: 'I'm feeling normal'

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- Catcher David Ross is accompanying the Red Sox to Houston, where he plans to serve as a bullpen catcher, and hopes to go out on a rehab assignment shortly thereafter.

Ross has missed 52 games after sustaining two concussions. “I’m going on about seven, eight days, no symptoms,’’ he said Sunday. “I’m feeling normal, finally.’’

The veteran catcher, 36, says he now understands that he probably has had multiple concussions in the course of his career, before a growing awareness of the dangers of concussions have altered the way professional sports teams deal with the brain injuries.

Ross will have to be cleared by MLB concussion specialist Dr. Micky Collins before he returns to playing.

“I hit live every day on this homestand,’’ Ross said. “I threw down to the bases yesterday. I caught two pens. I’m going to stay in the bullpen this next trip in Houston and catch all those guys and keep doing early hitting.

“Mainly get my legs under me, as far as game shape. I ran the bases yesterday, just all the little things. I should be ready to go.’’

Jarrod Saltalamacchia has caught 79 of the team’s first 113 games. Ryan Lavarnway currently is serving as the backup; the Sox have a 5-7 record in games caught by Lavarnway. They’re 52-27 with Saltalamacchia behind the plate.

“I can’t wait,’’ Saltalamacchia said of having Ross back with the team. “He brings so much to the team just being here, not even playing. But definitely when he’s playing, he’s a nice person for me to lean on and ask questions of because he’s in the game. He sees stuff too.’’