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Pedroia (almost) up and running

07.16.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Friday that Dustin Pedroia received a good medical report on the broken bone in his left foot and has been fitted for a boot to allow weight-bearing activity.

“The scan showed on Pedey a lot of healing, which is really good news,” Francona said. “He’s allowed to begin weight-bearing [activity]. He has to keep the boot on for approximately a week-to-two weeks, probably two weeks.”

Pedroia broke a bone in his left foot with a foul ball on June 25 in San Francisco and has been out since. The news is not as good for Jason Varitek. He was catching in a game at Fenway against Tampa Bay on June 30 when he took a foul ball from Carl Crawford off his right foot. It broke a similar bone and sent him to the DL.

“Tek is a little bit behind,” Francona added. “There’s not as much healing with Tek, which I think they expected. He’s probably a couple of weeks behind Pedey.”

[Click here to listen to Francona give an update on Pedroia and Varitek.]

Meanwhile, Francona said that while Adrian Beltre will start tonight, they will play it safe and pinch-run for him late if needed. Bill Hall started Thursday’s series opener in place of Beltre at third and had a home run while making two outstanding defensive plays at third and getting charged with a tough error on a sharp grounder by Josh Hamilton.

“He’s certainly not 100 percent, Francona said. ‘€œWe’re hoping we get production out of his bat. He hasn’t felt perfect for a while.”

Francona said if he doesn’t like what he sees from Beltre in batting practice, he’ll take him out of tonight’s lineup.

Switch-hitting catcher Victor Martinez has begun to swing a bat lightly from the left side but it’s the right side and catching with his injured left thumb that remains the problems after a scan on Thursday.

‘€œThe left side, that’€™s the one thing he can kind of handle,” Francona said. “He’€™s swinging the bat pretty good, actually. Right-handed, still can’€™t do it and he can’€™t catch yet. Once he can get that glove on and he can catch, they can rig up a lot of contraptions to take away some of the pressure but he’€™s just not there yet.’€

Jed Lowrie appears to be gaining strength after missing the first half of the season with mono. He played six games for Single-A Lowell, collecting six hits in 14 ABs for manager Bruce Crabbe before playing Thursday for Pawtucket and going 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

‘€œHe’€™s doing really well,” Francona said. “We got a report from Bruce Crabbe that was about as upbeat as we’€™ve seen in a long time. It said the last four or five days, the light has kind of come on with Jed. He feels like he’€™s turned that corner. We’€™re starting to see that player that we’€™ve all talked about. He’€™s not dragging, he doesn’€™t feel fatigued. He feels pretty good about himself.’€

As for Jacoby Ellsbury, he continues to work out in Fort Myers, trying to increase baseball activity while rehabbing his injured side.

‘€œHe was actually working out with Tom Goodwin and he actually requested if he could do a little bit more,” Francona said. “There are some parameters set up for him for his day schedule and he wanted to do a little bit more, which we were completely okay with. It’€™s ‘€œas tolerated’€, that’€™s his program. If he can tolerate more, ‘€˜Go.’€™’€

Francona said the Red Sox will activate reliever Manny Delcarmen on Saturday. Jeremy Hermida will play outfield tonight and DH Saturday for Double-A Portland.

The Red Sox made a roster move to protect their bullpen after getting only two-plus innings from Tim Wakefield on Thursday night. They selected Fernando Cabrera from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned Robert Manuel back to the PawSox.

Read More: Adrian Beltre, Dustin Pedroia, Fernando Cabrera, Jason Varitek
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