BOSTON -- Manager Terry Francona got decent news concerning pitcher Clay Buchholz on Tuesday.
Diagnosed with a left hamstring strain by Red Sox doctors on Monday after injuring it running the bases in his start Saturday against the Giants, Buchholz said most of the soreness has dissipated.
"Well, right when it happened, there was no pain at all. It felt like a hyperextension -- it would sort of give whenever I'd step on it. But no, I don't even feel that anymore," Buchholz said. "Most of the soreness is gone from the actual time it happened."
Thanks to two off-days this week, Francona doesn't find it necessary to have a five-man rotation and believes that time will allow Buchholz to heal without going on the disabled list.
"We were relieved to know it is a hamstring strain," Francona said. "We are fortunate to have a few days off. He could pitch Monday -- if not, then Tuesday. If we get to Tuesday and he can't pitch, then we would have to make a move.
"I think there is a decent chance that will work. To get to that, he will have to throw a side session, cover his position. But today, he is going out and doing a normal Day 2, which is encouraging."
V-Mart placed on 15-day DL by Red Sox
BOSTON -- As manager Terry Francona talked with reporters before Tuesday's game against the Rays, he was asked if he had any updates on Red Sox players.
"Who would you like it on?" Francona quipped.
For Francona, whose team is coming back from a six-game road trip to Denver and San Francisco, the injuries continue to pile up.
Before the game, the Red Sox placed catcher Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list, with a minimally displaced fracture in his thumb. He will not need surgery.
"He had no chance of catching in the next week for two -- it was just going to be impossible," Francona said. "Hopefully, we go through the All-Star break and he will be very close to being ready. We just have to give it a little time to heal. The bright side of it is that this thing isn't going to be long-term."
After the injury to Martinez on Sunday, the swelling in his thumb began to bother the catcher, and it continued to be tender Tuesday.
"It isn't fun -- I wish I could do anything to not go on the DL, but it is painful," Martinez said. "I just have to take it day-by-day now."
With the vacancy at catcher, the Red Sox called up Gustavo Molina, who will most likely catch knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on Friday.
"He caught a side session of Wakefield's in the spring," Francona said. "His strong suit is that he has great hands, so that is good."
Forced to sidelines, Pedroia in good spirits
BOSTON -- Victor Martinez joins a slew of other Red Sox on the disabled list, including second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia is expected to miss roughly six weeks with a fractured left navicular bone in his left foot, after fouling a ball off his foot in Friday's game against the Giants.
"He will do two to three weeks of non-weight-bearing activities, then repeat scans to assess the healing and then the gradual progression based on the healing will begin," said manager Terry Francona on Tuesday.
Even with the broken foot, Francona said the second baseman continues to be in good spirits.
"He is raring to go. He will be in the dugout loud as can be, and Victor will be the same way," Francona said. "He is high-fiving guys with his crutches -- something only he could pull off."
Red Sox, MLB name Moitoso an 'All-Star'
BOSTON -- Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox and PEOPLE magazine announced Tuesday that Lenny Moitoso of Fairfield, Conn., is the Red Sox's All-Star of the All-Stars Among Us campaign.
Moitoso will also be honored during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park on Saturday before representing the Red Sox at the All-Star Game in Anaheim on July 13.
Debuting in 2009, the campaign recognizes individuals who serve their communities in extraordinary ways. Moitoso, one of three Red Sox finalists, was chosen for his community service with Ludlowe Corps, which sends local students to developing countries to participate in health, education and environmental projects.
Moitoso's Ludlowe Corps has also raised over $100,000 for projects including distributing mosquito nets, starting a new elementary school in Senegal and helping with flood relief in Ecuador. Around 1,500 middle school students have already raised funds, and nearly 50 students have traveled to Senegal and Ecuador to participate.
Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes more than double the amount of votes from the previous year at PeopleAllStars.com to select the 30 All-Stars Among Us winners out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.
Annual Futures at Fenway set for July 10
BOSTON -- Just because the Red Sox are on the road the majority of July doesn't mean a little baseball can't be played at Fenway Park while they are gone.
The fifth annual Futures at Fenway Minor League doubleheader presented by Xfinity will be played July 10 at Fenway Park.
In the first game of the doubleheader at 12:05 p.m. ET, the Lowell Spinners will face off against the Jamestown Jammers. In the second game, the Salem Red Sox will make their Futures at Fenway debut by battling the Potomac Nationals.
Families attending the event will have the chance to participate in activities such as a moon bounce, carnival games, a balloon artist and face painters. At the conclusion, kids will be invited to come down to the field and participate in a brief game of catch. Additionally, youngsters will be able to get autographs from the players.
Tickets are available for fans to sit in ballpark locations such as the Green Monster Seats, on the Right Field Roof Deck, in the Dugout Seats and EMC Club and State Street Pavilion.
Prices range from $5 to $30 and may be purchased through www.redsox.com or by calling (877) REDSOX-9.
Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.