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Source: Varitek out 4-6 weeks with broken foot 07.01.10 at 11:40 pm ET
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According to a major league source, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has suffered a broken foot and will be out 4-6 weeks. WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche was first to report the injury. The news comes shortly after it was learned the Red Sox had re-acquired catcher Kevin Cash in a trade with Houston in exchange for infielder Angel Sanchez. Starting catcher Victor Martinez is already on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a fractured thumb on his left hand. For more see the Red Sox team page by going to weei.com/redsox.

Delcarmen headed to DL with forearm strain 07.01.10 at 4:22 pm ET
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According to source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox will place relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Delcarmen has allowed nine runs over his last three appearances — which have totaled just one inning — giving up nine hits and two walks. Two of the right-hander’s last three outings has seen him not retire a batter. Delcarmen is coming off an outing against Tampa Wednesday in which he allowed five runs on four hits and a walk while not getting an out. He has a 2-2 mark with a 4.59 ERA in 33 appearances.

Molina on catching Wake: ‘I’ll be ready 06.29.10 at 3:52 pm ET
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This is Gustavo Molina’s first rodeo, or knuckleball.

When the 28-year-old went out to the Red Sox bullpen to catch Tim Wakefield Tuesday afternoon it wasn’t his initial go-round with the knuckleballer, having caught “a few” of the pitcher’s side sessions during spring training. But even before joining the Sox organization for this season, Molina had experience catching the knuckleball thanks to his time in the White Sox‘ minor league system.

“I caught Charlie Haeger in the minors,” said Molina after his stint with Wakefield. “[Wakefield’s] got more control. I also think a difference is that Charlie Haeger throws a little bit harder. But Wakefield is one of the best, that’s why he’s been in this game for a long time.

“It’s kind of a challenge. I’ll be ready for the next start.”

While it isn’t set in stone that Molina will catch Wakefield in the pitcher’s start Friday night against the Orioles at Fenway Park, that is the likelihood now that Victor Martinez is on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger on his left hand.

Molina pointed out that one of the benefits that he didn’t possess when catching Haeger for two seasons in Chicago’s system was the guidance of catching instructor Gary Tuck. Since his arrival with the Red Sox, Tuck has tutored the various catchers on the Red Sox as to a specific way to catch Wakefield and his knuckleball.

“You have to figure it out yourself, but you need a base to start from,” Molina said. “That pitch moves a lot. But it went well. I just have to get ready for the next start.”

Molina’s major league experience consists of 19 games, with his last appearance in the big leagues coming via a two-game stretch with the Mets in 2008.

Martinez likely to land on DL, with Molina to fill in 06.28.10 at 10:52 pm ET
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According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox are likely to place catcher Victor Martinez on the disabled list on Tuesday and to promote catcher Gustavo Molina from Triple-A Pawtucket. Another source said that a final determination will not be made until Tuesday.

Molina, 28, is hitting .239 with a .292 OBP, .418 slugging mark and .710 OPS in 21 games for the PawSox. Molina is in his 11th professional season, and his fifth organization. He has appeared in 19 big-league games, batting .118/.162/.147/.309. He is unrelated to the three Molina siblings who are currently in the majors.

Martinez is hitting .289/.344/.480/.824 with nine homers and 38 RBI for the Sox this year. Since May 19, he is hitting .371/.424/.619/1.043 with four homers and 19 RBI in 30 games. The 31-year-old has played in 66 of the team’s 77 games this year.

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No surgery or pin for Pedroia 06.28.10 at 7:51 pm ET
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According to a source familiar with the situation, after being re-evaluated Monday it was determined that Dustin Pedroia will not need surgery or a pin placed in fractured left foot. It is estimated that the Red Sox second baseman, who injured his foot after fouling a ball off of his foot during Friday night’s game in San Francisco, will be out 4-6 weeks. For more see the Red Sox team page by clicking here.

Disharmony in Tampa Bay 06.28.10 at 6:08 am ET
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This should make Red Sox fans feel a little better …

Batting Stance Guy: All-Strikeout Team 06.25.10 at 10:42 am ET
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Another classic round of batting stances from who else … BSG. (It wouldn’t be the All-Strikeout Team without Dave Kingman):

Lowell expected to go on DL 06.24.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list (right hip) prior to tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies. The move would clear a roster spot for pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is scheduled to start in Denver on Thursday night. Prior to his game-ending, pinch-hitting appearance on Tuesday night, Lowell had not appeared in a game in nine days.

Lowell is hitting .213 this year with a .308 OBP, .350 slugging mark and .658 OPS. Since May 16, he is 2-for-27 (.074) and has made just six starts.

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Beckett eyeing end of July for return 06.24.10 at 6:43 am ET
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Josh Beckett came away from his 55-pitch side session pleased, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters Wednesday. Francona said that Beckett, who has been on the disabled list since May 19 with back issues, will throw a simulated game on Saturday before pitching to teammates next Thursday and beginning his rehab. He would make three or four rehab starts before returning to the Red Sox. Depending on how many rehab starts he makes, Beckett could be activated by late July or early August.

Here is some of what Beckett told reporters prior to the Red Sox’ 8-6 loss to the Rockies Wednesday:

‘€œToday felt good. Things are getting back to normal. It’€™s not like you’€™re trying to get past this, but not get too far. Today was much more normal. Go out and play catch, get on the mound and throw a side.’€

(On throwing all his pitches) ‘€œMy curveball was iffy. I threw some good changeups today. like I said, things are getting back to normal. Arm speed is back to normal. It’€™s not like ‘€¦ things were so scripted before. Now it’€™s just the natural thing to just go out and play catch and get on the mound and do what you have to do.  It’€™s not like watching this pitch or this pitch.’€

‘€œEven though over the past week, I’€™ve been better, mood and everything. It’€™s tough when you’€™ve got no light at the end of the tunnel. Every day you come in and there’€™s no [purpose]. What am I getting ready for? That’€™s where it gets tough. You come in and you’€™re the first guy here. You get your stuff out of the way so you’€™re not in the way of the other players. You just sit around. it’€™s a lot of downtime.’€

(Any discomfort in back or lat?) ‘€œNo, like I said, today was very normal. Even my last side, I felt normal but it still wasn’€™t normal because it was very scripted. I was very pleased with the way today went.”

(On taking 3-4 rehab starts) ‘€œI figured after ‘€¦ they kind of prepared me for it after I hurt my lat. They were going to make sure that this thing is right. It’€™s tough whenever you want to go a certain speed and you can’€™t. that’€™s why I said today was much more natural. It was just like, hey, let’€™s go throw a side. Yeah, it seems like a long ways away still but I really can’€™t focus on that because I don’€™t have control over that. I have to control the things I can and get my work in today, get my work in tomorrow and worry about the sim. Game on Saturday. Things change. I think we’€™ve spread this process out. They’€™ve listened to me about how I feel and stuff like that. I think that we’€™ll come back when I’€™m ready. They’€™ve been good about that, about listening to me.’€

“Who knows where we’€™d be if everybody stayed healthy? We’€™ve definitely had our share of knick-knack stuff and some big things. broken ribs. We’€™ve got to lead all of baseball in broken ribs this year. there’€™s no way anyone is ever going to catch us. It must be some sort of record or something. yeah, it’€™s great that we’€™ve strung it together. That last homestand was awesome. We played great baseball from top to bottom. We played good last night. This is a tough place to win, I don’€™t know why. Even when I was playing in the national league, they’€™d come to our place and we’€™d do pretty good and we’€™d come here and ‘€¦”

Sources: Red Sox show interest in Everett 06.23.10 at 4:34 pm ET
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According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have shown some interest in shortstop Adam Everett, who was designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers on June 8 and released by the club seven days later. Everett, who is currently a free agent, would only cost the Major League minimum with the Tigers responsible for what was left on the infielder’s one-year, $1.55 million deal he signed with Detroit prior to the 2010 season.

It is believed that the Red Sox wouldn’t attempt to make any such signing until a move is made to clear a roster spot (perhaps in a transaction involving Mike Lowell). Right now the Sox are using Bill Hall as their backup shortstop and second baseman.

Everett, the Red Sox’ first-round pick in the 1998 amateur draft (12th overall), was traded by the Sox with minor leaguer Greg Miller for outfielder Carl Everett prior to the 2000 season. In 31 games with the Tigers this season, Everett — who is known more for his glove than his bat — was hitting .185. He played in 118 games for Detroit last season, finishing with a .238 batting average.

Appearing on Sirius/XM Radio Tuesday, Red Sox assistant general manager Ben Cherington said that one of the team’s needs heading toward the trade deadline was a backup middle infielder (along with bullpen help and a left-handed hitting outfielder). The 33-year-old Everett has played shortstop almost exclusively throughout his 10-year big league career, manning second base for one inning while with Minnesota in ’08.

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