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Updates on the injured Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 14, 2010 07:53 PM

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You want injury updates? We've got your injury updates live from Fenway Park, where the Sox just got done working out. Here is the latest:

Clay Buchholz (left hamstring): He has thrown one inning since June 20. So the Red Sox weren't comfortable with him taking the mound against the Rangers on Friday.

“That’s not very realistic that he’s going to get deep in a game,” Terry Francona said. “The more we thought about it, the more we talked to him, I think we were all in agreement, go pitch three or four innings, shake the rust off, make sure he’s OK.”

Buchholz will start for Pawtucket in Syracuse on Friday instead. If that goes well, he could join the Red Sox rotation as early as Wednesday in Oakland.

Manny Delcarmen (right forearm): He's ready to come off the DL, where he has been since July 1. But to make sure he's OK, Delcarmen will start and throw one inning for Portland on Thursday in New Britain, Conn. If things go well in the Hardware City, he could be activated on Saturday.

Josh Beckett (bad back): He'll start for Pawtucket on Saturday in Syracuse. Francona said he expects that will be the last rehab game he needs. If not, it would be no more than one more. Beckett could pitch for the Sox as early as July 22 in Seattle.

Adrian Beltre (left hamstring): Everybody — Beltre, Francona, Epstein, Dr. Lewis Yocum ‚ seems to think he is fine. But he'll get an MRI on Thursday. There is no indication whatsoever that he's going on the DL.

Be advised that given the clause in his contract regarding plate appearances (his player option increases to $10 million with 640 PAs), there is not a chance that Beltre or Scott Boras would have let him play in the All-Star were there a risk. He has 349 PAs now.

Jeremy Hermida (ribs): He'll start a rehab assignment with Portland on Thursday. The tentative plan is to DH the first game, play left field on Friday, DH on Saturday and then report back to the team on Sunday to get checked out. Then he would probably play in a few more rehab games before being activated. It'll depend on how he feels and how he's swinging.

“He’s all excited about getting going and playing,” Francona said. “Every day he got a little bit better. … Once he knew he could do one thing, he moved up to another. He’s done a really good job.”

Victor Martinez (left thumb): He'll get an x-ray Thursday to see how well the break has healed. Once he can get his hand in his glove and catch, he'll move fast.

Dustin Pedroia (left foot): For no good reason, as Francona said, the Laser Show attended the workout today. He'll get a CT scan on Friday. The hope is that he'll be able to lose the crutches and start working out.

Let's pause here and hope that is true for the benefit of poor Mrs. Pedroia.

Jason Varitek (right foot): The Sox are getting a 2-for-1 special on CT scans and he'll have one Friday as well.

Mike Lowell (right hip): He's rejoining the team on Thursday after getting a week off to spend at home before the break. At that point they'll come up with a plan for what comes next.

Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs): He has been working out in Fort Myers for the last two days and done well according to Theo Epstein, going beyond what was expected. The normal progression for a hitting program is two weeks from picking up a bat to getting in games. So in theory, Ellsbury could start a rehab assignment on or about July 27.

But given the twists and turns of his rehab, it would be foolish to hazard a guess whether that will actually be the case.

Jed Lowrie (mono): He played six games for Lowell, going 6 for 15 with five walks and five RBIs. He'll join up with Pawtucket on Thursday.

So there you have it. As for the workout, there were 16 players here. Most of them were pitchers but But Hermida, Darnell McDonald, Kevin Cash, Daniel Nava and Gustavo Molina took batting practice.

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