J.D. Drew had what amounts to a slight hairline fracture on the knuckle of his right middle finger and will need longer than a few days to come back. Terry Francona did not discount the idea of Drew needing to play in a minor league game or two before being activated off the disabled list.
“It looks like a small sliver of bone kind of pulled off the ligament. I don’t know what they call it. I guess when I torqued it, it kind of pulled that off,” Drew said. “One of the doctors said it was kind of a good thing, that it promotes healing in the area versus having the ligament torn, but it’s really sore the last couple of days.
“I think the soreness will start calming down starting tomorrow and the treatment will start picking up, and get range of motion and make a determination when we start going back to hitting again.”
That would seem to be one of the reasons the Sox picked up Conor Jackson.
In other news:
• Felix Doubront said he is feeling better physically then he has all season and is ready to help the team out of the bullpen.
• Tim Wakefield is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto. So he will be pitching on 11 days of rest unless he works out of the bullpen before then.
• Phil Mickelson took some swings in batting practice. Mickelson is in town for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Adrian Gonzalez challenged him to try the golf arcade game in the team lounge.
• Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was in the dugout hanging with David Ortiz. Big Papi is a legit Bruins fans. He’s boys with a bunch of the Bruins.
• Conor Jackson seemed about as happy as a kid on Christmas Day to be on a first-place team. “It’s exciting,” he said. “Whatever they need. It’s probably going to be a bat off the bench here and there playing against lefthanders. Whatever my role is is going to be, I’m going to be ready for it.”