News from Anaheim: VMart is back

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: It sounds like Victor Martinez will play the first two games of the series but not catch the day game after the night game on Wednesday, which is pretty normal for a catcher regardless.

Dustin Pedroia did some running today and thought he would feel better than he did. But the trainers were pleased with his progress. Keep in mind that where Dustin thinks he should be and where he should actually be are miles apart.

Terry Francona indicated there’s a good chance Mike Lowell could be activated on Friday.

Victor Martinez has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and will be in the lineup this evening hitting sixth. Dusty Brown was optioned back to Pawtucket.

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To clear a spot on the 40-man, Pawtucket 1B Aaron Bates was passed through waivers and outrighted. The Sox have 38 players on the 40-man roster now.

We’ll add more more to this post later after the pre-game session with Terry Francona.