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Martinez will not be ready Thursday

When the Red Sox placed Victor Martinez on the disabled list on June 27, it was in the hope that his fractured left thumb would heal in time for him to play the first game after the All-Star break.

Terry Francona said today that would not be the case.

Martinez is not with the team this weekend, having been granted permission to do his rehab work on his own. The All-Star catcher will report back to Fenway Park on Wednesday to have x-rays on his thumb again. At that point the team will know how much longer he will be out.


The good news is that once the thumb is healed, Martinez should be ready to play shortly after.

There was plenty of other news from Rogers Centre:

* The rotation for after the break: Tim Wakefield, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka. It was designed to give the starters the maximum time off.

* Mike Lowell is not with the team this weekend.

* Manny Delcarmen threw a side session today that went well. So well, in fact, that they could activate him right after the break.

* Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek will have their broken bones scanned again next Friday to determine where they stand.


* Jacoby Ellsbury is not here yet. His plane lands at 6:30. Given the traffic, he’ll arrive during the game.

* The Cliff Lee deal fell apart for the Yankees. Rangers and Reds now vying for him.

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