Beltre back in the lineup Friday

July, 16, 2010
7/16/10
6:02
PM ET
BOSTON -- The daily walking-wounded report:

-- Adrian Beltre is back in the lineup at third base, even though manager Terry Francona said he told Beltre he reserved the right to take him out if he didn’t like what he saw during batting practice. Francona said Beltre’s left hamstring is still not 100 percent, and that he might have to use a pinch runner for him during the game.

-- Infielder Jed Lowrie “has turned the corner” in his recovery from mononucleosis, Francona said, citing a report from Lowell manager Bruce Crabbe after Lowrie spent six games with the Spinners on rehab assignment. Lowrie is now with Pawtucket and went 1-for-4 with the PawSox in Syracuse on Thursday night. He is batting .368 (7-for-19) while playing seven games at short and DH.

-- Victor Martinez took some swings from the left side but still cannot fit a catcher’s mitt over his fractured left thumb. Once he can put on the mitt, Francona said, trainers can employ a number of devices to protect the thumb. It sounds like Martinez may be just days away from doing so.

-- Jeremy Hermida, who went 2-for-4 for Double-A Portland in his first rehab game, is scheduled to play outfield Friday night, DH on Saturday and check in with the Sox on Sunday, according to Francona.

-- The CT scan on Jason Varitek’s fractured right foot did not show as much healing as Pedroia's, Francona said, which is not unexpected since Varitek’s injury occurred five days after Pedroia’s. Francona estimated that Varitek may be two weeks behind Pedroia.

-- Reliever Manny Delcarmen, who pitched a 1-2-3 inning Thursday for Double-A Portland, will be activated Saturday, Francona said.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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