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Victor Martinez expected back on Monday

Jul 25, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he expects catcher Victor Martinez (thumb) to be ready to return from the disabled list on Monday.  Like, this Monday.  Tomorrow.

Martinez caught a Clay Buchholz bullpen session on Saturday and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-fractured left thumb.  His return to the everyday lineup will be big, as Francona told the Globe.

“You’ve got your switch-hitter right smack in the middle, that would be good,” said the manager.

V-Mart was batting .289/.344/.480 with nine homers and 38 RBI in 246 at-bats at the time that he was placed on the disabled list.  The Red Sox have entrusted starting catching duties to Kevin Cash and Dusty Brown while he has been out because veteran backup Jason Varitek is sidelined with an injury of his own.  It’s safe to say they’re about to get an upgrade.

  1. JBerardi - Jul 25, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Thank the FSM. If I never have to watch a Kevin Cash AB again in my life, it’ll be too soon.

  2. Al - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:38 AM

    Hopefully he will be ready because there is a big difference between a bullpen session and a game. I wonder how he will do batting?

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