ANAHEIM — There was lots of health talk today. We got updates from Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, and Victor Martinez, and not all of them were good. So here’s the latest from the Red Sox in Anaheim.
Pedroia: He will undergo a CT scan Friday, which will mark his third weeks of being on crutches and in a boot. The second baseman is hopeful that the scan will show the bone is healing.
“They said after that anything that I can handle pain-wise is I’m ready to go,” Pedroia said. “I have a good pain tolerance. I think I’ll be in there quicker than most people expect me to be.”
He said that he is hopeful that he can be back on the field at some point in the team’s upcoming West Coast trip. The Sox play four games against Texas at home after the break, then head to Oakland, Seattle, and Anaheim. That appears to be Pedroia’s target, and one he thinks is realistic if the CT scan checks out OK, though there is no real timeline for his return.
“As long as the doctors say that my bone’s not going to break off,” said Pedroia, he’ll start weight-bearing activities after Friday’s CT. “That’s what the fear was the last three weeks, why I couldn’t walk. Where I broke my bone, if a bone breaks off they have to put a pin in it and then I’d miss the rest of the season. So my biggest thing is if I’m fine, if that bone’s strong enough to not break off, I’m going to play.
“We don’t have that many games left now. We’re a little over halfway. I got to get in there.”
He also said — not surprisingly — that he’s going to try to play as few rehab games as he can.
As he said, “I feel like I can help our team win in a lot of different ways. If I’m getting used to live pitching one or two games in the major leagues and I make two defensive plays to help us win one game, good, I’m doing my job. So I don’t really care about rehab games. Hopefully one and then play. See if I can run to first. I don’t really care about anything else.”
Buchholz: The starter said he was confident that he’ll pitch Friday after the All-Star break. He doesn’t, however, know where he’ll be pitching. He could pitch for the Sox against the Rangers at Fenway Park, or he could make a rehab start to shake off the rust. If he does not pitch for the Sox, it’s likely that Felix Doubront would take his start again.
“It’s gotten a whole lot better in the last couple days, too,” he said. “Feeling ready to go. Don’t know for sure where I’ll be pitching Friday, but they definitely said I was pitching Friday. Three weeks off, it would sort of be hard to go out there and just throw me right into the fire.”
Martinez: There continues to be no timeline for when Martinez will return to the Sox. Martinez had been expected to return right after the break initially but that doesn’t appear to be the case any longer. Martinez still has a splint on his injured thumb, which continues to be painful.
“It’s getting a little better,” he said. “Swelling’s going down. Still feeling pain, but we’ll see. Just taking it day-by-day.
“As soon as the pain goes down, I’m going to be able to at least put my glove on there and go out there and play. Unfortunately I just can’t put my hand in the glove. That’s the thing. Pain, still.”
He added, “It’s disappointing not to play in this game, but it’s a little more when you see your teammates playing pretty hard on the field. You just want to be part of that great run that we put together. So it’s pretty disappointing.”