Pregame quick hits

July, 15, 2010
BOSTON -- By the time this season is over, Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be an expert on baseball-related injuries.

He needs to give daily updates on the majority of his players since most of them remain on the disables list with a variety of injuries.

Here is the latest checklist:

**Catcher Victor Martinez will have a scan taken tonight on his fractured left thumb. “He actually says he feels a little bit better, and that’s what matters.”

**Third baseman Adrian Beltre had a MRI on his left hamstring and results showed only a strain. There’s no tear or bleeding. Beltre is not in the lineup tonight against the Rangers, but could be used in a pinch-hitting situation if needed. There’s also a chance he could be back in the lineup on Friday. “I wasn’t real comfortable playing him tonight,” Francona said Thursday.

**Second baseman Dustin Pedroia (fractured left foot) and catcher Jason Varitek (fractured right foot) will be examined at noon and 12:30 p.m., respectively, on Friday.

**Pitcher Clay Buchholz (hamstring) will start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday at Syracuse. Fellow starter Josh Beckett (lower back) will get the nod for the PawSox on Saturday at Syracuse. “Pawtucket’s got quite the staff,” Francona said.

**Reliever Manny Delcarmen (forearm) will work one inning for Double-A Portland Thursday night.

**Outfielder Jeremy Hermida (ribs) will DH for the Sea Dogs on Thursday night and is scheduled to play the outfield for Portland on Friday. He’ll DH again on Saturday before being re-evaluated on Sunday in Boston. He’ll then spend three days in Pawtucket and could be activated when the Sox go to Seattle later next week.

**Mike Lowell (hip) took ground balls and hit off the batting tee Thursday.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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