BOSTON -- Chris Gimenez arrived Sunday morning to take the place of catcher Jose Lobaton, who went on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Gimenez was hitting .375 with an RBI in two games at Triple-A Durham.
"Things like these you always have to be ready for whenever the case comes up," said Gimenez, who got the start behind the plate and batted ninth vs. the Red Sox. "It's just like we talked about -- you have to go down there and do your work, because you never know when that opportunity is going to arise. And hopefully you take advantage of it."
Gimenez had been on the seven-day disabled list with a testicular bruise. He said surgery had initially been a possibility when they weren't sure if the testicle was ruptured.
"It was kind of unfortunate, wrong place at the wrong time," Gimenez said. "It was a tie game in the ninth inning with the bases loaded. It was a fastball [from Cesar Ramos] in the dirt. I tried to do everything I could to block it. It was just one of those where it kind of skipped and missed me in the glove and hit me perfect, right in the right spot. And it was extremely unpleasant."
After incurring the injury, Gimenez said he was restricted for three days.
"They didn't want me doing anything," Gimenez said. "It was an unfortunate accident, didn't feel very good. But it was kind of funny they put 'groin strain' on the official report. That was funny."
Manager Joe Maddon said the possibility exists for Gimenez to play and win the backup catcher's role. Gimenez views his callup as an opportunity.
"I mean, every time you get a chance to go out and play, it's an opportunity," Gimenez said. "I mean, am I looking at it as a battle? No. I'm just trying to do what they're asking me to do every day that I'm in there. If I can just take care of business and take advantage of the opportunities that I do get, let that maybe lead to where it leads.
"I told them I'm here to do whatever you want me to do, whether that's play outfield or infield or catch. Whatever the case may be, or sit there and be a good teammate."