Red Sox missing production from catchers

Red Sox missing production from catchers

OAKLAND -- Since Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek went down with injuries about three weeks ago, the Red Sox have struggled to get consistent offensive production from the catcher position.

Kevin Cash, who was acquired from the Astros on July 1 -- a day after Varitek broke his right foot, has assumed everyday duties the behind the plate. In his first 15 games with Boston, Cash hit .100 (3-for-30) with four walks and eight strikeouts.

"I would definitely not describe myself as feeling comfortable right now," Cash said. "You just keep working at it. Hopefully some hits will start falling. All it takes is a couple good games in a row to kind of turn things around."

Boston manager Terry Francona said Cash, who hit .204 with two home runs and four RBIs for Houston this season, wasn't targeted for his bat.

"He's actually done really well," Francona said. "Our catchers haven't hit the ball a lot, which we understand. But if they can run the game -- which he does about as good as anybody -- that's really what we need. That's why we were so intent on getting him."

The Red Sox have a team ERA of 4.20 in the 10 games Cash has started, compared to their 4.33 ERA for the season. Cash said it's been a pleasure to work with Boston's rotation.

"It's always nice to be in this clubhouse -- good group of guys," Cash said. "But we need to get it going a little bit, get some more wins."

Varitek was still on crutches with a cast over his right foot on Friday, but did an individual workout in the weight room.