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The latest on Varitek's injury

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 1, 2010 11:28 PM

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It's been a busy night. Here's the latest:

Jason Varitek suffered a broken foot on Wednesday night and is expected to miss six weeks. That is what led to the Sox acquiring Kevin Cash from the Houston Astros.

Varitek left the game against the Tampa Bay Rays after eight innings and a source with knowledge of the situation told the Globe last night that the team captain would become the latest player to go on the disabled list.

This story has been percolating all day. There was speculation earlier that the trade for Cash was triggered by Varitek possibly having been injured. WBZ's Dan Roche reported that there was an injury and Nick Cafardo was able to confirm via a source that Varitek had a broken foot.

Varitek was in the lineup because regular catcher Victor Martinez went on the disabled list on Tuesday with a broken bone in his left thumb. He is expected to return after the All-Star break.

The 36-year-old Varitek was hitting .263 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. His loss will leave the catching duties in the hands of two journeymen, Cash and Gustavo Molina, for at least the next nine games.

The Red Sox announced they had traded infielder Angel Sanchez to the Astros for Cash but did not indicate where Cash would be assigned. But Cash said via text message that he was on his way to Boston.

Cash, 32, hit .204 with two home runs and four RBIs for the Astros this season before being designated for assignment on June 23 and outrighted to the minor leagues the next day. He spent parts of 2007 and ’08 with the Sox, hitting .207.

Cash’s primary value comes in having caught Tim Wakefield 35 times. Wakefield is scheduled to start against the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow night with Cash likely to be behind the plate.

The addition of Manny Delcarmen and Varitek will give the Red Sox 10 players on the disabled list — five since June 24. So far, the Sox have had players miss 424 games while on the disabled list.

That number is about to go way up.

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In the other surprising news of the day, Arizona fired GM Josh Byrnes,and manager A.J. Hinch.

Byrnes had a contract through 2015 and a small ownership stake in the club. He is highly regarded in the industry and could join another team — perhaps the Red Sox — as a consultant with his salary essentially paid for by Arizona.

Byrnes was a former (and highly valued) member of Theo Epstein's staff before leaving for the Diamondbacks just after the 2005 season.

Red Sox assistant GM Ben Cherington would be a good candidate for Arizona — if the Diamondbacks were willing to hire another Red Sox executive.

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