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The Francona report: Martinez ready to go on Monday; praise for the injured players

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 25, 2010 02:03 PM

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Nothing official, but Terry Francona just said he thinks Victor Martinez will be ready for tomorrow's game.

"I actually think hes probably going to be ready [on Monday]," he said. "It's silly to make the decision today. He's going to catch some guys [in the bullpen]. If he comes in and says, 'Hey, I'm hurting,' then we're not going to do it. But I think all things point to him being ready to go."

Francona also heaped praise on the injured players who have stayed with the team, calling their efforts "extraordinary."

He went so far to say there was too much coverage of Jacoby Ellsbury and not enough of Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, etc.

"There's so much reported and so much time spent on Jacoby, I don't think people realize how extraordinary what we have going here is. You don't see this." Francona said. "I've been a lot of places. You don't see guys standing around the cage in a chair. You don't see guys on crutches trying to play. It doesn't happen This is an extraordinary group right now.

"Sometimes I think that get lost. It's amazing to me. ... It's not a Cub Scout troop but they like to play baseball and I kind of enjoy that. It makes me love my job. It's not always very easy. There's some nights we come in, like last night, heartbroken. But I like doing it with guys that have some ... It's a good feeling."

"It's hard to explain. When you lose, it's like it rips your heart out. But you bounce back and doing with guys you know car means a lot. I've been places where sometimes you lose and you go home I'm not saying guys don't try but it's hard. I guess the losses hurt more when teams care. But that's a good way to do it."

As for Ellsbury, he is going to go through a fitness test today or tomorrow then start playing in the Gulf Coast League a day later.

"We'll kind of see where he's at," Francona said. "He's actually doing a lot. If he handle what's doing now, he's got to be getting pretty healthy."

Francona also talked about the slumping offense.

You know what? We talk about keeping the line moving. But teams that scout us, they're not stupid either," he said. "There's times when they have matchups that work and they're not going to let certain people beat you. They have advanced scouts and video just like we do.They try and use it to their advantage."

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