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Salty to play rehab games at Jupiter starting Monday

Catcher to see game action at Class A before returning from concussion

Salty to play rehab games at Jupiter starting Monday

ARLINGTON -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia is moving closer to appearing in game action, but it won't initially be at the big league level.

The Miami catcher is on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

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"He's feeling a lot better," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's still doing the baseball activities, throwing, catching a bullpen [session], hitting and running."

Saltalamacchia last played on May 31, when he was struck in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Atlanta's Justin Upton.

The plan is for the 29-year-old to move toward playing in a simulated game in the upcoming days. Beginning on Monday, he is expected to play for Class A Jupiter.

By rule, players on the seven-day concussion DL can stay in that status for 14 days. Once the time off reaches 15 days, they must be transferred to the 15-day DL.

It appears Saltalamacchia will be heading to the 15-day DL. But that doesn't mean he will miss another two-plus weeks. His concussion time served transfers, so he could be activated whenever the team feels he is ready.

"I think we will wait and see how he feels," Redmond said. "He's been out quite a few days. We just want to make sure he feels good and is ready to go when he comes back. It's been a couple weeks. That would make sense for him to get in a game and get used to the grind again, get a couple at-bats."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less