Victor Martinez said his left thumb felt good after catching Tim Wakefield's side session on Thursday and if his work with Clay Buchholz on Saturday goes well, "I'm just days away". Of course, whenever Martinez returns to the lineup is literally "days away" from today, but presumably he means a small number of days.
Dustin Pedroia's left foot feels normal when walking, but he knows he "can't push it right now until it's really healed". He has been taking batting practice for most of the time he has been out and is not keen on a rehab assignment. "The Red Sox need us more than the PawSox do."
Mike Lowell will play third base for Pawtucket on Saturday.