Progress still slow for Green

Nick Green fielded grounders, took batting practice, and ran in the outfield this afternoon. Still, his ailing back is “not coming along as quickly as I wanted it to,” Green said.

Green’s health is important because the Red Sox need to find a healthy, capable utility infielder for the postseason. Jed Lowrie may still be limited by his surgically repaired left wrist, and Chris Woodward spent the better part of the year in Triple A. Green believes he will have to play this weekend to make himself eligible for the postseason roster.

“I’m sure,” he said. “That’s just my judgment. But there’s such a difference between practice and a game.”

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In a happy bit of news, Woodward’s wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy last night at 9:45. Welcome, Grady MacLean Woodward. He’s 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and 20 inches long. Woodward is with his wife and son, but he is expected to be back with the team tomorrow.