Jon Lester was placed on the disabled list with a back strain. He was involved in a minor traffic accident on August 18 while driving to Fenway Park.
Carlos Pena was called up from Pawtucket and he will start at first base tonight. Pena had played eight games with the PawSox, hitting .423 with two home runs. ... Doug Mirabelli did not start yesterday because of a sore left ankle. ... Keith Foulke has been unavailable to pitch because of a stiff back.
David Ortiz: "Everything is going in the wrong direction."
Jeff Horrigan of the Herald writes "it's not unreasonable to think" Tim Wakefield will be able to come off the DL during Labor Day weekend. Jason Varitek "also should be activated during the first few days of the next homestand".
The Red Sox traded RHP Tim Bausher and cash to the Reds for RHP Mike Burns. Bausher, 27, went 4-3, 4.91, in two starts and 35 relief appearances at Pawtucket. Burns, 28, was optioned to Louisville (AAA) on June 26 after compiling an 8.78 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Reds. In Louisville, he was 6-1, 1.75, in 40 appearances, including two starts.