Terry Francona on Victor Martinez’ Thumb Fracture: ‘Not an Automatic DL’

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Terry Francona on Victor Martinez' Thumb Fracture: 'Not an Automatic DL' Victor Martinez
fractured his left thumb Sunday, but there’s optimism on his part, and the team’s, most notably Red Sox manager Terry Francona, that the catcher won’t need to be the latest Red Sox player to land on the disabled list.

Martinez fractured the thumb on his glove hand in Sunday’s game with the Giants when a foul tip glanced off his glove and then hit his already-injured right foot.

Martinez ended up catching another inning with the fractured thumb, but was taken out of the game in the fourth inning in favor of Jason Varitek.

Francona, who revealed to NESN’s Heidi Watney that there was indeed a fracture, wasn’t ready to say that Martinez would miss an extended period of time.

“We’ll get him looked at. We gotta get the swelling down, we don’t know the severity of it yet,” Francona said. “There’s a chance that if we get the swelling out of there, he can handle it. Now, maybe he can’t, maybe that’s premature, but it’s not an automatic DL.”

Both Martinez and Francona are holding off any presumptions until the catcher gets his thumb looked at again Monday as the team returns to Boston. The good news also is that the Red Sox have two days off this week, that would give Martinez more time to heal and hopefully let the swelling reduce.

Be sure to watch the video below for more from Francona and Martinez, as well as reaction from NESN’s Tom Caron and The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan as they discuss the ramifications of the injury on W.B Mason’s Red Sox Extra Innings.

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