Several members on the Red Sox roster that are currently riding the DL may not be doing so for long. Injury updates are pouring in regarding Boston’s top players. Covering Victor Martinez to Jeremy Hermida, progress is being made.
Four players are currently on assignment in the minor leagues, with starters Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett beefing up the Pawtucket Red Sox rotation on Friday and Saturday night. The rehab start is the first for Buchholz, who will pitch three or four innings on Friday in Syracuse. Beckett will follow on Saturday, his second start with the PawSox, as he is scheduled for an 85-pitch outing.
Manny Delcarmen and Jeremy Hermida are both assigned with Boston’s Double-A squad, the Portland Sea Dogs. Both will play Thursday night against the New Britain Rock Cats and their progress will be further evaluated from there.
Starting catcher Martinez underwent an X-ray on with the Red Sox’ medical staff during pregame Thursday, while back-up catcher Jason Varitek and second baseman Dustin Pedroia will both undergo CT Scans on their respective injuries on Friday. Should the CT scan go well for Pedroia — who has missed 13 games — the second baseman could start weight-bearing activity this weekend.
Also sidelined with injury is third baseman, Adrian Beltre, who tweaked his hamstring muscle before the All-Star Break. Beltre took swings during batting practice before Thursday’s game against the Rangers, and should be ready to start back up within the next few days.
The tables are finally starting to turn for the Red Sox as they start the second half of the season, and at five games back in the AL East, there is no better time for these players to return from the DL.
To hear more details on Boston’s injury updates, please watch the video below from Red Sox Gameday Live.