Tag:Victor Martinez
Posted on: June 28, 2010 6:02 pm

Cash an option for Red Sox

Kevin Cash There was no word Monday afternoon whether Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who suffered a thumb fracture on his glove hand Sunday, would be placed on the disabled list. There's a chance he could continue to catch with some extra protection for the thumb.

If Martinez is going to be out for a while, Boston is going to have to go outside the organization for help -- the top two Triple-A catchers in the organization are out, naturally, with thumb injuries.

WEEI.com points out an obvious solution: Kevin Cash. Cash is currently at Triple-A in the Astros organization, and with Houston giving Jason Castro his big break, there's not likely to be a need or a place for Cash at the major-league level. The Astros would probably let the Red Sox have him for practically nothing (or, if they want to be literal, they could trade Cash for cash).

Cash, 32, played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. He has experience catching several Red Sox pitchers, most importantly knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Cash batted .204 in 20 games at the major-league level this season, so he's not exactly an offensive replacement for Martinez (.289, 38 RBI), but the injury-plagued Red Sox are not really in a position to pick and choose right now.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 7:13 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 1:16 am

Another day, another injury for Red Sox

Victor Martinez Victor Martinez was the latest Red Sox player to leave a game in San Francisco early with an injury, breaking his left thumb.

Martinez took a foul ball off the left foot off the bat of Giants catcher Bengie Molina, but stayed in the game.

Martinez flew out in the third, but was replaced behind the plate by Jason Varitek in the bottom of the fourth.

The Red Sox are off Monday and he will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Boston.

Dustin Pedroia left Friday's game after fracturing a bone in his left foot when he fouled a ball off of it. Starter Clay Buchholz left Saturday's game in the second after hyperextending his left knee running the bases.

Boston did receive good news, as Buchholz's injury may not be as serious as once thought and he could still make his next start.

"He's a little black and blue in his knee, which means there's a little bit of bleeding," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters . "Saying that, he feels pretty good. Pretty good range of motion."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 12:04 am
Edited on: June 26, 2010 2:18 am

Pedroia leaves game with foot injury

Dustin Pedroia left Boston's game in San Francisco in the third inning after fouling a ball off of the inside of his left foot in the third inning.

Pedroia, who hit three home runs on Thursday, stayed in the game long enough to work a walk, but he struggled to get to first. Pedroia was replaced by Mike Cameron to pinch-run.

Cameron stayed in the game and went to center field. Bill Hall moved from right field to second base and Darnell McDonald moved from center field to right field.

It seems like another day, another injury for the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury (rib), Josh Beckett (back), Jeremy Hermida (ribs) and Mike Lowell (hip) are currently on the disabled list, while Kevin Youkilis (arm) isn't 100 percent. Victor Martinez has also played through pain, while Cameron and Daisuke Matsuzaka have recently come off the disabled list.

UPDATE: Pedroia was on crutches after the game, but manager Terry Francona told the Boston Herald 's Michael Silverman there was no break, but he would be re-evaluated on Saturday.

"I'm sore,” he said. "I’ll get checked out [Saturday] and make sure we get to the bottom of everything, but I’m pretty disappointed. I’ve never really hit a ball there before. But I’ll be all right."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 9:49 pm

Did Martinez call two historic shots?

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez was present for both instances in which a player hit a grand slam on the first pitch he ever saw in the major leagues. This much we know. Boston's Daniel Nava did it today, and Cleveland's Kevin Kouzmanoff did it in 2006, both as teammates of Martinez.

Martinez wasn't just there, he says he predicted both before they happened, according to the WEEI blog .

"(Martinez) was standing right next to me when he said, 'First pitch, bomb!'" Red Sox DH David Ortiz said Saturday. "I came up (to the clubhouse, where Martinez was watching the game on TV) to get some batting gloves because of the rain and Vic was here. He said, 'Watch this, first pitch grand salami' There you go."

Martinez said he advised Kouzmanoff to swing at the first pitch he saw, since Rangers pitcher Kevin Millwood wouldn't have a decent scouting report on him.

"When he walked to the plate I called a grand slam," Martinez said.

-- David Andriesen

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