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Pedroia is back; Will the Red Sox follow?

The day most of you have been waiting for since, oh, June 26. Dustin Pedroia is back in Boston’s lineup, batting second, and on his 27th birthday no less.

Now I’ll ask all of you this. Will his return spark a return back to the heart of contention? Or is it just too late, and are there just too many other injuries for the Red Sox to compete with New York and Tampa Bay?

Let me know what all of you think. I’m taking an unofficial poll of Red Sox Nation right here tonight!

Pedroia one week away

Close your eyes right now and open them exactly seven days from now and Dustin Pedroia should be standing at second base for the Red Sox for their game at Fenway Park against the Angels.

Yes, Pedroia passed his running tests with flying colors today. The only thing he didn’t do was run the bases, which he will do tomorrow and Thursday. As long as that goes off without incident, he will have one last check-up with Dr. George Theodore on Friday and then go play for Pawtucket for two games (Saturday and Sunday) before joining the Sox.

Look for Jason Varitek to come back in late August or early September. He has consistently been a week to 10 days behind Pedroia in terms of recovery.

Lowell still here, but for how long?

Mike Lowell is again not on the active roster, despite the fact his Minor League rehab assignment ended last Wednesday. Sounds like something will happen one way or another within the next 1-2 days.

Kevin Youkilis left the game with a jammed right thumb. If that had been any kind of a significant injury, Lowell’s presence could have come in handy. We will have more on Youk after the game.

Mike Cameron is shutting it down for a while. He was placed on the disabled list today, with Daniel Nava getting called back up from Pawtucket. Nava probably shouldn’t apply for that change of address form just yet though. Jacoby Ellsbury should be back within the next few days, at which point Nava will probably get sent back down.

What is going on with Dustin Pedroia? He can basically do everything but run at full speed. When he runs, he still “feels it” a little bit. That means the broken bone has not completely healed. Once that happens, his return to the lineup should be fairly quick.

Red Sox getting into dangerous territory

The Red Sox arrived here in Anaheim tonight at the point in their season where they simply cannot fall any further back then they are in the standings if October is going to be any kind of realistic possibility.

Before even taking the field today, the Red Sox lost a half-game in the standings to both the Rays, who got a Matt Garza no-hitter against the Tigers and the Yankees, who notched a 3-2 win over Cleveland.

A loss tonight would drop the Sox nine games behind the Yankees in the American League East and six in back of the Rays in the Wild Card. In other words, they DESPERATELY need Clay Buchholz to out-duel Dan Haren in this one.

As for other news of the day:

One clear positive note was the return of Victor Martinez, who batted sixth . Another? Jacoby Ellsbury started his rehab in the Minors. Dustin Pedroia did some running before the game, and it didn’t go as well as he hoped. Still no word on exactly when Pedroia will return. A big part of it will be how his CT-scan goes in Boston on Friday.

But you have to wonder: Will the Red Sox still be within striking distance in the race(s) when they get all their big guns back?

At this hour, that is a very tough question to answer. 

Beckett is back, others might not be far behind

Things are officially looking up for the Red Sox, as Josh Beckett’s first start since May 18 is currently in progress.

Returns to the active roster could become commonplace over the next couple of weeks.

* The next to be back in the lineup? Most likely Victor Martinez. The catcher will work with Clay Buchholz in the bullpen before tomorrow’s game and if he doesn’t feel any discomfort in his fractured thumb, that is a sign that he could return soon, maybe even in Anaheim.

“I mean, if I feel like I felt yesterday, I’m just days away. We’ll see what happens,” Martinez said.

* Then there is Dustin Pedroia. The second baseman will have his fractured left foot checked out by a doctor while the team is in Anaheim, but is unlikely to have clearance to remove his walking boot until a week from today, when he gets a CT-scan in Boston. Don’t talk to Pedroia about a Minor League rehab assignment. He is simply not interested.

“I’ll talk to Theo and Tito, everybody, but it depends how we’re doing as a team,” said Pedroia. “We’re trying to get everybody back as fast as possible and I think the Red Sox need us more than the PawSox do.”

* As for Pedroia’s replacements at second, Jed Lowrie was the one who got the start Friday. But Francona said not to take that as a slight at Bill Hall, who made two errors on Thursday and played in left tonight.

“I actually think he’s done a pretty good job,” Francona said. “He’s made some errors. Last night, that play for me was bang bang, I think he has to [throw it]. I don’t see how he eats that ball. If he eats it, everybody’s going to say, what the hell … The throw is off line and it’s costly. That happens. When you lose Pedroia, you can’t replace Pedroia with Pedroia. That’s not how it works. I think he’s done a really good job for us. But against the left-hander, I wanted Jed to play tonight so I guess the best way to do it was to play him at second.”

* Michael Bowden got caught in a roster crunch today as the Sox needed to send someone down to make room for Beckett. It was no slight at how he pitched.

“I’m obviously disappointed, but I had a feeling that this was going to happen,” Bowden said. “But I also have a feeling that I’ll be back sooner rather than later. Every time out there, I got a little more comfortable, a little more relaxed. I think it’s just about getting more repetitions, more appearances, so I can really feel 100 percent comfortable out there and do my job.”  

Lowell, others getting healthier

Dustin Pedroia is still a few weeks away. Same with Jason Varitek. Same probably for Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie and Victor Martinez. But some other bodies are getting healthy.

Manny Delcarmen returned to the mix tonight after being down for two weeks with a forearm strain. Clay Buchholz gets back Wednesday when he pitches in Oakland. Josh Beckett could well be the next day in Seattle.

And there was even a Mike Lowell update today. The 3B/1B/DH will have a cortisone shot on his right hip on Monday and be back playing in a Minor League rehab assignment by Thursday. The question for Lowell is, when he does come back, will it be for the Red Sox or another team?

The Rangers are interested again, though they are monitoring all available corner infielders.

“I think there’s been rumors since the Winter Meetings of last year,” said Lowell. “If something happens, I don’t think that changes the way I feel about my teammates or the city or the fans. Those are all positives for me. I love Miami too. So, I don’t see why it changes, or it’s always a bad thing. I do know I enjoy playing baseball and I’m doing that less this year than I ever have. I don’t know. I’ve heard talks, but I’ve heard talks for eight months. I have no idea. I don’t know the situations other teams are in, whether it’s a need or what, I don’t really care to know either. I think you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to break down every team. I just want to be in a position where I can play.”

Friday injury updates from hot, steamy Fenway

It’s a scorcher out here at Fenway tonight. You want the requisite injury updates? Here you go. ‘

Third baseman Adrian Beltre is in the lineup tonight, apparently over the hamstring woes that troubled him through the All-Star break.

Manny Delcarmen will be back in the Boston bullpen tomorrow evening after successfully completing his one-day rehab.

Dustin Pedroia is off crutches and doing some light weight-bearing activities. He is probably stuck in the walking boot for another week or two, and then he can ramp back up. In other words, Pedroia won’t play for the Red Sox before August, not that it’s that big a surprise.

Jason Varitek is a couple of weeks behind Pedroia, and will remain in crutches for the time being.

In the meantime, nothing like a little pressure for young lefty Felix Doubront. The Red Sox badly need a win tonight with Cliff Lee looming tomorrow.

All-Star Monday with a M*A*S*H update

The Red Sox, as is their annual custom, took up an entire corner of the room at the All-Star media Monday.

Some interesting nuggets.

It has been assumed that Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz would return to the rotation and pitch on Friday night at Fenway against the Rangers. That is no longer a safe assumption. Buchholz said he will pitch Monday, but it’s not certain to be in Boston.

A Minor League rehab assignment is possible, especially since lefty Felix Doubront, who filled in for Buchholz in his last start, is still on the roster. Pawtucket plays at Syracuse on Friday night, so that wouldn’t be a particularly long road trip.

“I’m ready to go,” said Buchholz. “I’ve gotten a whole lot better in the last couple of days, too. Definitely feeling ready to go. I don’t know where I’ll be pitching for sure on Friday but they definitely said I was pitching Friday.”

Asked about the possibility of the Minors, Buchholz said,  “It could be. It’s three weeks off. It  would sort of be hard to throw me right into the fire. I think I’m going to feel strong just throwing the couple of bullpens I’ve already gthrown. I feel good, I feel strong”

The original hope for catcher Victor Martinez is that he would be back shortly after the All-Star break. But the fractured tip of Martinez’s left thumb isn’t healing as quickly as originally hoped.

“As soon as the pain goes down, I’m going to at least be able to put my glove in there and be able to go out and play,” said Martinez. “Unfortunately I just can’t put my hand in the glove. That’s the thing. It’s painful. I tried. It’s tough.”

Dustin Pedroia hopes to take a positive step forward on Friday when he gets a follow-up CT-scan on his fractured left foot.

As for Jacoby Ellsbury, his agent Scott Boras wanted to make it clear that the outfielder was not trying to disassociate himself from the team when he trained at the Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe, Ariz. over the last month.

“There’s a lot of people, certain journalists, who just don’t have the right facts,” Boras said. “The cooperation has been great with the organization. I spoke with Terry [Francona] four or five times and Theo [Epstein] many times. We’ve been on the same page throughout. These are decisions of Jacoby’s medical care and his physical therapy, all these thigns were made mutually. It’s been a very cooperative environment. Good communication with everybody and we knew what was going on and why and it was all by agreement.”

“I think Jacoby described the set of circumstances he was operating under and the information he was operating under. I think that accurately potrays what occurred and the key thing is that I’m just telling you, responsibly between Theo and myself and and Jacoby and Terry, it’s all been very fluid, it’s all been very understood. There’s been no question about what he should or shouldn’t do. The team in fact chose where Jacoby would train in Arizona. That was not anything we suggested. That was a group they’re comfortable with and Jacoby was comfortable with. It was a very cooperate effort.”

Pedroia has fractured foot

The Red Sox will be without the man most consider to be their Most Valuable Player for the next several weeks, as it was learned this morning that Dustin Pedroia has a non-displaced fracture in the navicular bone of his left foot.

How long will Pedroia be out? Obviously a minimum of 15 days because he was placed on the disabled list today, but realistically it will be longer. The Red Sox doctors are pouring through the tests done by San Francisco’s medical staff, and a time-table will become more apparent once they study everything. Pedroia will see Red Sox medical director Thomas Gill and also Dr. George Theodore, the team’s foot specialist, on Monday in Boston.

In the meantime, Bill Hall will probably get the bulk of the at-bats at second base. Angel Sanchez has been summoned from Pawtucket to help from a depth standpoint.

Crazy night at Coors

Did some of you fall asleep before tonight’s four hour and 48 minute Red Sox-Rockies game came to an end? You missed a wild one.

There was Dusitn Pedroia, hitting three homers in a game for the first time in his life. He never even did it in Little League.

There was Jonathan Papelbon, blowing a save on back-to-back nights for the first time in his career, and blowing consecutive save opportunities for just the third time. Yet it was Papelbon who earned the win.

“Any time I’m running out of ink, that’s not a good sign,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “That was was … whooo, I’m glad we won. It was gutwrenching. A lot of good, some not so good but there’s something to be said for persistence. Pap goes out and he says, he’s sideways. Then he goes back out and gets them out. That was pretty awesome because that wasn’t easy to do. We were in the same situation they were. We warm up Richardson in the first inning and then we have to warm him up again. Everyone was on fumes.”

The Red Sox had run out of position players, but not resolve.

With Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez already being used in the sixth-inning implosion, Francona had to go with Scott Atchison in the seventh. The right worked a critical clean inning, helped by Jason Varitek’s strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play

“We could talk about nine million things,” Francona said. “Atchison was huge. We were kind of up against it. All we had tonight out of Bard was we wanted him to finish an inning and that’s what he did. We got caught. That six-run inning where we just couldn’t stop them. Oki comes in and atrually threw great and being late covering first ends up being a huge play. He threw the ball great.”.

The Red Sox are developing a strong personality. They suffer adversity but find a way to get up.

“There were a lot of things that happened tonight,” Francona said. “The word resilient keeps coming up. We didn’t do some things correct but we did enough.”

And no pressure on Tim Wakefield, but the Red Sox could sure use, oh, about nine innings at San Francisco on Friday night.

“That would help,” Francona said. “That would be really good. I’m sure we’ll have to sit down and go over some pitching because we’re a little short.”

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