BALTIMORE – The Red Sox will see Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is currently doing his rehab work in Fort Myers, in St. Petersburg on Tuesday and Wednesday when the Sox square off against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Matsuzaka, who is on a shoulder-strengthening program, is currently throwing from 120 feet and is said to be close to beginning throwing bullpen sessions.
Tim Wakefield threw again this morning and it will be determined soon whether he’s a go to throw a simulated game while in St. Petersburg.
Jeff Bailey goes out on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket tomorrow.
J.D. Drew walked into Terry Francona’s office this morning and told him he was good to go. Drew has been nursing a sore groin.
Catching coach Gary Tuck and Jason Varitek both huddled with Victor Martinez this morning to go over the Oriole hitters and just to chat about his catching debut with the Red Sox today.
Francona feels that Varitek has carried a big load and often played when he was far less than 100 percent. He hopes the addition of Martinez will lessen the load and help him heal. “There’s a reason he wears the “C” because there’s nothing more important to Tek than winning. He’s sacrificed a lot for us,” Francona said.
Francona said it was unlikely the team would continue to go with only 11 pitchers. A 12th could be added as early as the Tampa Bay series.
Jason Bay, who sustained a cramp in his upper right hamstring last night, was sore but better this morning. He got the day off and will likely be back in the lineup Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury-CF
2. Dustin Pedroia-2B
3. Victor Martinez-C
4. Kevin Youkilis-1B
5. David Ortiz-DH
6. J.D. Drew-RF
7. Mike Lowell-3B
8. Josh Reddick-LF
9. Jed Lowrie-SS
2. Felix Pie-LF
3. Adam Jones-CF
4. Nick Markakis-RF
5. Aubrey Huff-1B
6. Ty Wigginton-3B
7. Luke Scott-DH
8. Greg Zaun-C
9. Robert Andino-SS