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Martinez fractures left thumb

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 27, 2010 04:16 PM

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Victor Martinez's toe is fine. He left the game with a fractured bone in his left thumb. He may not need to go on the disabled list. It'll depend on the swelling.

More to come on this.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Martinez has a fractured distal phalanx, which is the bone on the tip of his thumb. Martinez took two foul tips off his thumb. The first was when Pablo Sandoval was at bat in the second inning. The ball hit his thumb then hit him in the left big toe, the same toe that was hit by a foul ball back on May 24.

The second tip came when Andres Torres was at bat in the third inning. Martinez left the game after that inning. The ball bent his thumb back in the glove, causing the fracture.

He'll be examined tomorrow

"Dr. [Thomas] Gil has already seen the x-rays. It's not a given that he goes on the DL," Terry Francona said. "What bothered him today ... it was swollen, he was having trouble getting it in his glove. It's not a given that he'll go on the DL. It's not a given that he's going to be OK, either. We'll get him examined tomorrow and see where we go from there."

Martinez didn't think he would go on the DL.

"By the time I got to the dugout, it was starting to get [swollen]. I couldn't put my hand in the glove. It was kind of painful," he said.

It sounds like that if the swelling goes down, Martinez could catch. But the question then becomes how well he could hit.

The Sox have catching issues. Mark Wagner and Dusty Brown are on the DL in Pawtucket. The catchers there are Gustavo Molina and Juan Apodaca. Luis Exposito is in Double-A.

Meanwhile, the injury-riddled Sox are 46-31 and alone in second place in the division.

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