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V-Mart making progress from injury

V-Mart making progress from injury

ST. PETERSBURG -- Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez wasn't feeling all that bad on Tuesday, which was a good sign, considering how bad his left big toe looked following Monday's game. Martinez had to leave that game after a foul ball off the bat of Jason Bartlett caused a deep bone bruise.

Martinez was able to play catch and was hoping to take some batting practice on Tuesday. He wasn't sure if he'd able to catch on Wednesday night. He did, however, say that he could help in an emergency situation on Tuesday if something happened to Jason Varitek.

"I'm a lot better, a lot better than I expected. I've been putting more weight on it," said Martinez.

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Without Martinez, J.D. Drew batted third for the Sox on Tuesday. Varitek hit eighth.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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