Manny Delcarmen to Be Activated on Saturday, Jeremy Hermida Nearing His Return Amalie Benjamin joined Tom Caron on Friday Night Fenway to discuss the status of reliever Manny Delcarmen and outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who both played for Double-A Portland on Thursday as part of their rehab stints.

Hermida is expected to get another two days in Portland before moving to Triple-A Pawtucket, while Delcarmen will be activated Saturday.

“They’re starting to get those guys back, and that’s step one, and the next step may be Buchholz,” Benjamin said. “This is a good sign for this team.”

The Red Sox also optioned pitcher Robert Manuel to Triple-A Pawtucket, despite his 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Rangers on Thursday.

The Sox need a fresh arm in the bullpen for Friday’s game and Fernando Cabrera gets the call up to take Manuel’s place.

The 28-year-old Cabrera, who is making his first trip up to the majors this season, gave up five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of work for the Red Sox last season. In his career, he is 8-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 131 games.

To hear what Amalie Benjamin had to say about Delcarmen and Hermida, as well as the decision to bring up Cabrera, click the video below.