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Add Varitek to dreaded list

Broken foot puts him on the outs

By Nate Taylor
Globe Correspondent / July 3, 2010

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Jason Varitek appeared in the clubhouse with crutches and a medical boot on his right foot. Varitek was one of two Red Sox (along with reliever Manny Delcarmen) added to the disabled list yesterday — a group of everyday players who could almost make up another lineup.

Varitek said he doesn’t know when he will return, given how much his pain has increased the last two days. Varitek suffered a minimally displaced fracture of the second metatarsal, a bone on the top of his foot, when the catcher was hit by a Carl Crawford foul in the seventh inning Wednesday. He left the game after eight innings.

Varitek suggested he have an X-ray, which did not show the break.

“By the end of the game it obviously hurt, but I didn’t know how bad,’’ he said. “I thought I’d be good by [today].’’

By Thursday morning though, Varitek felt more pain, which forced him to spend most of the day at Mass. General for an MRI, CT scan, and other tests that showed the fracture.

The plan is to have Varitek stay in the boot for 2-3 weeks followed by another evaluation before starting his rehab.

What makes the injury disappointing is Varitek was just given the opportunity to play every day after Victor Martinez went on the disabled list Tuesday with a broken left thumb suffered Sunday in San Francisco.

“Whether it be a day or two weeks, I was looking forward to it because it was fun to be healthy and playing,’’ the Red Sox captain said.

Varitek’s injury comes days after Dustin Pedroia suffered a nondisplaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot in San Francisco.

“We’ll see how quickly [Varitek] can heal,’’ manager Terry Francona said before the Sox’ 3-2 victory over Baltimore. “Very similar to [Pedroia] in the diagnosis, just a different bone. Time frame, we’ll see. We don’t know.’’

Varitek is hitting .263 with 7 home runs and 16 RBIs. His loss now puts the catching duties primarily in the hands of Kevin Cash, who was acquired from the Astros for Angel Sanchez Thursday. Gustavo Molina is the backup.

“Victor and I will do what we need to help out,’’ Varitek said. “We can give any feedback they need before the game.’’

Despite spending a good deal of Thursday at the hospital, Varitek was able to get to his Celebrity Putt-Putt event at UMass-Lowell that night and swung the club impressively.

“I was actually pretty good,’’ he said.

Nate Taylor can be reached at ntaylor@globe.com.

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