Victor Martinez Fractures Left Thumb, Expects to Miss Some Time

Victor Martinez Fractures Left Thumb, Expects to Miss Some Time Add Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez to the growing list of banged-up Red Sox players.

Martinez left Sunday’s game after a foul tip glanced off his glove and left him in obvious pain. Martinez stayed in to catch another inning, but he was pulled before the fourth inning. Tests later revealed that he fractured his left thumb.

With the Red Sox heading home from San Francisco, Martinez will be re-evaluated on Monday, and it is unclear whether he’ll have to spend time on the disabled list.

“It’s not a given he will go on the DL. Now, it’s not a given that he’s going to be OK, either,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “We’ll get him examined [Monday] and see where we go from there.”

Dustin Pedroia’s timetable for a return is still uncertain. He could miss anywhere from three to eight weeks as he is still in a non-weight bearing phase after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left foot. Pedroia is currently on the 15-day disabled list.

After Clay Buchholz had to leave his start Saturday, Francona is optimistic that Buchholz won’t have to make a trip to the disabled list

Francona said that Buchholz hyperextended his right knee along with aggravating his lower hamstring, but Francona was quick to add that Buchholz was doing well following the injury.

“He’s got a real good range of motion, pretty good strength, and with the days off we have this week, we have an opportunity here to manipulate the rotation to our best interest and move him back if we need to,” the skipper said Sunday.

The schedule favors the Red Sox with days off Monday and Thursday this week.

Josh Beckett continues his road to recovery from a back injury. According to, the right-hander threw “roughly 70-75 pitches,” and things seemed to go well for him.

“He did really well,” Francona said. “[Pitching coach] Johnny [Farrell] was really pleased. They were both pleased.”

Beckett is scheduled to face live hitters Thursday and could be ready for a rehab assignment by July 6.

Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) and Jeremy Hermida (ribs) remain on the disabled list with no real timetable for a return.

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