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Pedroia is Jolted by News

Boston Red SoxFrom Peter Abraham, Boston Globe:

Dustin Pedroia, much to his dismay, is human.

Dr. Lewis Yocum examined the injured Red Sox second baseman yesterday and informed him that the broken medial navicular bone in his left foot will need at least six weeks to heal, not the five weeks Pedroia was hoping for.

“He kind of scared me a little bit,’’ Pedroia said last night before the Sox played the Angels. “There’s nothing really that I can do. Just time’s got to heal me. He kind of told me I can’t play unless I feel no pain, which isn’t good.

“I didn’t realize how serious it was and how long it’s going to take.’’

Today marks 33 days since Pedroia was injured, well short of six weeks. He is scheduled for a CT scan in Boston Friday, which should give doctors a better idea of how well the bone has healed. Until then, Pedroia will be shut down from throwing, taking grounders or batting practice to give his foot some rest.

“I think the message has been pretty consistent,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “I think today maybe Pedey heard it a little bit better.’’

Pedroia is hopeful the CT scan will bring good news. But the idea that he could return on the next homestand is not realistic.

“Mentally I’m thinking I’m going to,’’ he said. “But who the hell knows?’’

Pedroia said his foot “felt weird’’ Monday when he tried jogging for the first time.

“Any time my foot pounds on that ground, it didn’t really feel good,’’ Pedroia said. “[Yocum] said you have to be smart, man. It can definitely hurt you in the long run.’’

Pedroia had been under the impression he could play through some pain. But Yocum said that wasn’t an option. If Pedroia fractures that bone again, he would be looking at surgery that could keep him out for parts of next season.

“You really can’t do that with this injury,’’ he said. “That’s hard to deal with. That bone can break off and they’d have to put pins in it. That would be a disaster.’’

Pedroia was distraught at first but eventually came around to the idea that it wasn’t bad news.

“Everything looks great. I’m ahead of schedule,’’ he said. “It’s just my schedule and their schedule were a little different. That was the only thing. I’m good.’’

Ellsbury moving ahead
Jacoby Ellsbury took another step forward in his return when he played six innings in center field for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox against the Rays at Fort Myers, Fla.

Ellsbury walked in the first inning, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error. He then scored on a sacrifice fly. He later grounded into a double play and had a single to right field.

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Martinez Activated by Red Sox

Boston Red SoxFrom Gordon Edes, ESPNBoston.com:

Victor Martinez was activated by the Boston Red Sox before Monday’s game and was back in the lineup, catching and batting sixth, though manager Terry Francona said that it will be just a matter of time before Martinez is back in the heart of the order.

Martinez hit an RBI single his first time up against right-hander Dan Haren, who was making his Angels debut.

Martinez has been on the disabled list since June 28 with a fractured left thumb. At the time he was hurt, the Red Sox were in second place, two games out of first in the AL East. The Red Sox went 9-13 in the 22 games he missed to drop to third place, eight games out.

The dropoff can’t all be attributed to Martinez’s absence, of course. On the same weekend in San Francisco in which Martinez was hurt, Dustin Pedroia fractured a bone in his left foot and Clay Buchholz strained his left hamstring, and three nights later Jason Varitek also fractured his foot, leaving the Sox without both of their big-league catchers.

The four catchers who played in Martinez’s absence — Varitek (two-plus games), Kevin Cash, Gustavo Molina and Dusty Brown — have combined to bat .162 (12-for-74) with two RBIs, both belonging to Varitek.

Brown was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Martinez.

“He certainly won’t be hitting sixth very long,” Francona said before the Red Sox beat the Angels 6-3. “It wasn’t fair to stick him in third or fourth until he gets some games under his belt.”

Martinez said his glove has been fitted with some special padding to prevent him from aggravating the injury. The thumb had been bothering him more swinging from the right side, but Martinez said that’s no longer the case, and it won’t be a big factor in Anaheim as the Angels are starting three right-handers in succession: Haren, Jered Weaver and Joel Pineiro.

Francona said whether Martinez plays all three games will depend on how he responds physically, but with Wednesday being a day game, Francona said the Sox are preparing to have Cash catch.

“I’m just excited,” Martinez said. “It’s not fun to watch the game from the bench.”

Gordon Edes is ESPNBoston.com’s Red Sox reporter. He has covered the Red Sox for 12 years and has reported on baseball for 25 years.

Sox Roll DBacks 6-2

Boston Red SoxJon Lester regained his form last night pitching seven innings while letting up two runs in leading the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 win over the sinking Arizona Diamondbacks. Three walks and four hits rounded out his stats. Lester brought his win total to 9 this season – second in the American League and third overall in MLB. His confidence really came back when he pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the fourth innings. In addition to Lester’s heroics, Dustin Pedroia continued his charge back into the spotlight by hitting a two-run homerun in the first. Kevin Youkilis also added a two-run homerun in the seventh. In between, Adrian Beltre and J.D. Drew helped with an RBI each.

The Sox go for the sweep tonight when John Lackey takes the hill at Fenway Park (6:10pm).

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez speaks with pitcher Jon Lester in the second inning last night at Fenway Park.

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez speaks with pitcher Jon Lester in the second inning last night at Fenway Park.
Photo: Stuart Cahill / Boston Herald

Sox recap: Red Sox 6, Diamondbacks 2 – Boston Herald
Red Sox derail Diamonbacks again, 6-2 – Boston Globe
Sweep on Minds of Red Sox Heading Into Series Finale With Diamondbacks – NESN.com
Arizona Diamondbacks Woes Continue With 11th-Straight Road Loss – Phonenix NewTimes
Red Sox / Diamondback Box Score – ESPN.com

Sox Topple Diamondbacks

Boston Red SoxThe Boston Red Sox taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks can only be considered the precursor series to the most interesting (only interesting?) interleague series in all of baseball this year – that being the Los Angeles Dodgers coming to Fenway Park and the long-awaited return of Manny Ramirez to Fenway Park. While all of New England is looking forward to Manny’s return in one way or another, the games against the Diamondbacks are still important games, especially when the Sox are four games out of first in the American League East and the AL Wild Card.

Clay Bucholz gutted out a decent performance and helped the Sox put away the Diamondbacks 6-3 on Tuesday night. Bucholz accumulated eight strikeouts over 5-2/3 innings on Tuesday night, but struggled in doing so. He let up three runs on seven hits and one walk. The Diamondbacks worked the count, as well, forcing Bucholz to throw 113 pitches in his shortest outing since May 8.

The Sox offense was lead by a resurgent Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. They combined to go 4-for-7 with three RBIs, four runs scored and one home run (Ortiz – 13). When asked about Pedroia’s sudden outbreak, Ortiz said “I told you guys before that’s the last guy you got to worry about hitting is Pedroia. I know it’s coming, the laser show.”

Buchholz, Sox good enough – Boston Globe
Diamondbacks fall to Red Sox, lose 11th straight road game – The Arizona Republic
Buchholz buckles down to fend off D-backs – MLB.com
Ortiz homers as Red Sox down Diamondbacks – TSN.com
Red Sox / Diamondbacks Box Score – ESPN.com