ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Terry Francona said that Josh Beckett is on track to make his start against the Rays on Sunday. His not pitching in the All-Star Game was a precaution.
Carl Crawford worked out at Fenway today and will play for Pawtucket on Friday and Saurday then join the team in Baltimore on Monday.
None of the All-Stars were required to show up at tonight's workout. But Jacoby Ellsbury did.
In terms of other news:
• For the first time since he strained the lat muscle on his left side on July 5, Jon Lester threw a baseball. His workout at Fenway consisted of throwing in the outfield from 60 feet away. “All went really well,” Francona said. “As long as it doesn’t hurt, I think it will come quick.” The Red Sox figure to be cautious with Lester. But earlier this week, the lefthander expressed confidence in the idea of being ready to go on or around July 22.
• Clay Buchholz, out with a bad back, also is ready to start a throwing program. Buchholz has not pitched since June 16 and will need more time to get ready, a process that will include a rehab assignment.
• Shortstop Jed Lowrie has not yet been cleared to start swinging a bat. He has been out since June 16 because of a sore left shoulder.