SEATTLE -- Their offense struggling to score of late, the Red Sox will likely get slugger Victor Martinez back in the lineup on Monday night in Anaheim.
The final test came in the late innings of Sunday's game, when Martinez warmed up Boston relievers in the bullpen. Martinez felt no ill effects with his injured left thumb, and he should be behind the plate when Clay Buchholz pitches the opener of a three-game series against the Angels. The club will make the move official on Monday.
"I actually think he's probably going to be ready," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's game. "It seems kind of silly to make the decision today. He's going to catch some more guys and if he comes in and says, 'Hey, I'm hurting,' we're not going to do it. I think all things point to him being ready to go."
For a Boston team that entered Sunday scoring four runs or fewer in 10 of the last 11 games, this is welcome news.
For Sunday's game, Francona tried to liven up his offense by putting J.D. Drew in the No. 2 hole.
"Just trying to, you know, get some guys on base hopefully for the guys in the middle of the order," said Francona.