ANAHEIM -- The wait ended at 28 days for Victor Martinez, who on Monday went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his return to Boston's batting order for the first since time fracturing his left thumb on June 27."To be honest with you, I just didn't feel anything," Martinez said after the Red Sox's 6-3 victory. "I was having a lot of fun out there. I didn't feel anything." Though Martinez generally hits fifth or third for the Sox, he batted sixth on Monday night for the start of a three-game series against the Angels. "He certainly won't be hitting sixth for very long," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I didn't think it was real fair to him to stick him up there third, fourth, so hopefully we can get him some games under his belt and get him back somewhere in the middle." Martinez's return came on a night Dan Haren was making his debut for the Angels. Martinez was 8-for-16 lifetime off Haren with a homer and three RBIs. With Boston's offense scuffling badly since the All-Star break, the return of Martinez could not have come at a better time. "This is a great offensive team," Martinez said. "Obviously we're going to struggle through the course of the year. I'm just going to go out there like always, to put together good at-bats and be a tough out." To make room for Martinez on the roster, the Red Sox optioned Dusty Brown back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Kevin Cash will serve as Martinez's backup. Jason Varitek is still on crutches after fracturing his right foot on June 30. Cash will catch Wednesday afternoon's game against the Angels.
Abdominal injury still nagging Cameron
ANAHEIM -- While the Red Sox are getting healthier as a team, Mike Cameron's lower abdominal injury is something he will have to play through for the rest of the season.
In the ninth inning on Monday, while leading off first, Cameron had to dive back to the bag several times. At one point, he was in obvious pain, as Red Sox manager Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold came out to check on him.Cameron stayed in the game for the rest of the inning, but was replaced by Darnell McDonald in the bottom of the ninth. "Sometimes, as the games goes on, it gets just a little cranky," Cameron said. "It probably didn't help that I was diving back a lot." Will Cameron be able to start Tuesday night? "Yeah, I think I should be all right," Cameron said. "Day-to-day. See how it feels when I get up in the morning. Like I said, some days it's cranky. Today, it was just cranky all day. But I'll be all right. It's just the same thing as always. Some days are better than others. Some days my extension is better than others. Today, it was a little cranky." Cameron suffered the injury in April and was on the disabled list from April 19-May 24. "I just kind of made up my mind that I was going to fight a little bit more, sometimes push a little bit more than others," Cameron said. "But sometimes you've got to stop because then you just get in trouble and start feeling weakness and stiffness because it just kind of affects everything. It's just kind of a thing that I've got to keep pushing. I've just got to be honest with them at times."
Ellsbury starts rehab assignment
ANAHEIM -- Long before the Red Sox even took the field on Monday night against the Angels, they had some good news. Leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury started his Minor League rehab assignment, going 1-for-3 in a Gulf Coast League game. Ellsbury served as the designated hitter. He will play the outfield on Tuesday and could move up to Triple-A after that."I think we have a pretty good plan in place," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We have a couple of different calendars depending on how he feels, and there's some communication every day and that's what we'll continue to do." Ellsbury last played for the Red Sox on May 25. Thanks to multiple fractures in his left ribs, he has appeared in just nine games this season. If all goes well, he could be back in the lineup within a couple of weeks. "It's all contingent on each day, how he does," Francona said. Corner infielder Mike Lowell took a day off from his rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, but will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Francona said that Lowell could be activated on Friday, when the Sox open a homestand at Fenway against the Tigers.
Injured Pedroia is off and running
ANAHEIM -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia gave his fractured left foot a good test on Monday, doing some running a few hours before Boston's series opener with the Angels.It wasn't quite what Pedroia hoped for, but his expectations might have been a bit high. When Pedroia smashed the foul ball off a bone in his foot on June 25, the expectation is that it would take roughly six weeks to heal. The six-week anniversary of the injury is not until Aug. 6. Still, Pedroia hopes to be back in the lineup before that. "I think Pedey was disappointed," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I shouldn't speak for him. But I think he thought he was going to be like game ready. I don't know how realistic that was. I think [trainer] Mikey [Reinold] actually thought he did pretty good. He's just not ready. That thing's got to heal." Pedroia will be examined by Angels physician Lewis Yocum before Tuesday's game, and he will have a better idea of his time-table on Friday, after he gets a CT scan in Boston.
Fenway hosts Cape All-Stars Wednesday
ANAHEIM -- Though the Red Sox will still be on the road on Wednesday, there will be a game at Fenway Park that day. In fact, it will be a showcase for some of the top prospects in baseball, as the Cape Cod League All-Star Game will take place at 7:05 p.m. ET.The Cape Cod League has long been a showcase for amateur stars. Former Sox players like Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell all played in the league. Tickets for the game are all general admission, $10 each and can be purchased here.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.