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Pregame news and notes from Coors Field

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  June 23, 2010 05:20 PM

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Certainly the slowness with which Mike Lowell got down the line last night in the ninth inning seems embedded in the mind even today.

Don't be surprised if there's an acceleration of any timetable the Red Sox had of trying to accommodate Lowell and sending him somewhere where he doesn't sit so long between at-bats. That doesn't improve speed, but teams would want him for his still decent bat and the fact he hasn't been a liability at a corner position.

Assistant GM Ben Cherington is here and he'll be making a roster move in order to activate Daisuke Matsuzaka in time for his start tomorrow night. The Sox are hoping to coincide the move with J.D., Drew's return. The hope was for Drew to be able to play yesterday. That didn't happen. Neither did it today and it likely won't happen tomorrow, according to Terry Francona. The team still doesn't believe Drew's tight hamstring will result in being placed on the disabled list. It appears Josh Reddick would be the likely candidate to head back down, even over Daniel Nava.

The Red Sox still have no idea what they'll get out of Mike Cameron the rest of the season. Right now it's part time player. Cameron was given tonight off because Francona was hoping he'd be able to play back-to-back games tomorrow and Friday vs. San Francisco because the Giants will throw lefty Jonathan Sanchez.

Kevin Youkilis is the guy sitting tonight so David Ortiz can get a turn in the lineup at first base.

At this hour, Ubaldo Jimenez is making his start. Jimenez left the ballpark before last night's game with flu-like symptoms, but told the Denver Post he would be starting. Manager Jim Tracy also said after last night's game that Jimenez would get the nod.

Josh Beckett came out of a 55-pitch side session with flying colors. Francona was genuinely pleased. Beckett threw all of his pitches with no pain (back strain). He'll do a simulated type situation Saturday, another session at Fenway next Thursday, and then likely be ready for a rehab stint in the minors. Francona estimated three or four starts, but it could be fewer than that depending on how Beckett feels.

No restrictions on Matsuzaka tomorrow. He got over the forearm discomfort that put him on the DL pretty quickly.

The Sox avoid Matt Cain in SF, but will face Tim Lincecum on Sunday.

The Sox held a 10-minute team meeting to chose a player rep. We'll get that to you when it's determined.

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