FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Maybe in the regular season, Yamaico Navarro would have been glad to take one for the team if it meant walking off with a win. But there was no gain in what happened Wednesday night, when the infield prospect got hit on the left wrist, forcing in a run and ending Boston's 2-1 victory over the Orioles.
Navarro raised his left wrist to block Wynn Pelzer's pitch from hitting his face.
After the game, Navarro's hand was heavily taped. Navarro will be examined by the team's medical staff, with, at the very least, an X-ray.
"We'll get him iced down and get him looked at," said manager Terry Francona.
Navarro is expected to start the 2011 season at Triple-A Pawtucket. He spent some time with the Red Sox last season, hitting .143 in 20 games.
Buchholz pleased with early spring success
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz has no designs on winning the Grapefruit League ERA title, but he might anyway.
Boston's All-Star righty, who fired four shutout innings Wednesday night against the Orioles, hasn't given up a run in his first three outings of Spring Training.
"It's just Spring Training," said Buchholz. "If it was the regular season, it might mean something."
What Buchholz enjoyed from his latest performance was the ability to battle out of some jams.
"You know what was nice? You always want to see guys throw well, but he gave up some hits and had to throw out of the stretch," said manager Terry Francona. "He had a runner on third. We were able to bring the infield in to three-depth just to work on it. I don't know if we'd do that in the first inning of a real game, but then he got a nice grounder. It was nice to see him pitch well, but also just pitch out of the stretch and pitch with some runners on base and just continue to make some quality pitches. I thought he looked terrific."
Overall, Buchholz is happy with the way he is throwing.
"I felt pretty good with the changeup," Buchholz said. "I threw quite a few of them. Fastball [to] both sides of the plate was there for the most part. I misfired on probably three or four of them, and they were actually good pitches, so I'm not going to worry about that. But yeah, I think the changeup was a good pitch for me tonight."
Cameron ready to return to Boston's lineup
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Cameron, who last played on March 3, will return to the Red Sox's lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.
The outfielder, who has been experiencing some left knee tendinitis will serve as the designated hitter in the 1:05 p.m. ET game airing live on MLB.TV.
"I think he was fine to do it today," said manager Terry Francona. "If he's fine today, he'll be good tomorrow. And it's a short trip, so that shouldn't be any problem."
Cameron got off to a hot start in the Grapefruit League season, getting five hits in his first 11 at-bats.
Cameron was so encouraged by his health early in camp that he wanted to keep going and going, which is why he think he got the tendinitis.
But Cameron and the Red Sox are both confident it was nothing more than a nagging Spring Training injury.