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Victor Martinez not close to returning from fractured thumb

Jul 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

When the Red Sox placed Victor Martinez on the disabled list last month the expectation was that he’d be ready to return shortly after the All-Star break, but according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe “that doesn’t appear to be the case any longer.”
Benjamin reports that “there continues to be no timeline for when Martinez will return” from a fractured thumb, for which he’s still wearing a splint.
Here’s what Martinez had to say about his status:

It’s getting a little better. 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.

Jason Varitek is also on the DL with a fractured foot and likely won’t be ready to return until some point next month, so the Red Sox may be stuck with the Triple-A caliber duo of Kevin Cash and Gustavo Molina behind the plate for a while.

  1. DG1965 - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    One of many reasons why I believe the Sox will be out of it by the time they field any sort of “championship” lineup again. It was an exciting couple of months but the reality of having Kevin Cash, Darnell McDonald, Billy Hall, and the less talented Patterson brother playing so often will be demonstrated in the coming weeks.

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