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No surgery for Pedroia; good news on Clay

No surgery for Pedroia; good news on Clay

BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss roughly six weeks with a fractured left navicular bone in his left foot that he suffered on Friday in San Francisco, the club's medical staff confirmed on Monday.

That means that Pedroia could return to the Red Sox during the early portion of August. Team medical director Thomas Gill examined Pedroia on Monday, and confirmed the non-displaced fracture that was diagnosed by doctors in San Francisco. Gill added that Pedroia is not expected to need surgery.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gill also got a closer look at Victor Martinez, and determined that the catcher has a minimally displaced fracture on the tip of his left thumb. Though the club wouldn't say if Martinez will go on the disabled list before Tuesday's game against the Rays, that certainly seems like a strong possibility, given the nature of the injury, which occurred when Martinez was hit by multiple foul tips on Sunday against the Giants.

Martinez isn't expected to need surgery, and the club didn't give a timetable on his return to action.

Jason Varitek, a three-time All-Star, will take over the bulk of catching duties as long as Martinez is out. Complicating matters as to who will back Varitek up is that both of the club's most seasoned Minor League catchers -- Mark Wagner and Dusty Brown -- are injured.

As for the third member of the Red Sox who was injured over the weekend in San Francisco, the news sounds optimistic on 10-game winner Clay Buchholz.

The club has diagnosed Buchholz with a left hamstring strain, an injury that happened when he was running the bases. Because the Red Sox were off on Monday and have another off-day on Thursday, they don't need a five-man rotation this week, and will give Buchholz some time to heal. The club said he won't pitch during the five-game homestand against the Rays and Orioles, but added that the righty won't be placed on the disabled list.

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