Martinez to be placed on the disabled list

Victor Martinez, as the Red Sox said in their release, will not need surgery on his left thumb. But sources told the Globe that the Red Sox will place him on the 15-day disabled list tomorrow.

Gustavo Molina, who was not in the lineup for Triple-A Pawtucket tonight, is expected to be called up.

By placing Martinez on the disabled list now, he would miss only 11 games (over a span of 17 days) before the Red Sox play Texas after the All-Star break. That would give Martinez sufficient time to recover from his injury.

At the same time, the two days off on the schedule between now and the break would minimize the need for a backup. The Red Sox are comfortable using Jason Varitek as their starter with Molina (or another catcher) starting once or twice.

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