Pitcher Justin Germano will be designated for assignment Friday afternoon to make room for Jacoby Ellsbury to return from the 60-day disabled list, according to a team source.

Ellsbury has not played since April 13, when he injured his shoulder on a play at second base. In seven games before the injury, he was 5-for-26 with three RBIs.

As the Red Sox prepare to resume play following the All-Star break, team president Larry Lucchino attempted to boost the spirits of the team's season ticket-holders Friday with a letter. While acknowledging that the team's play "has at times tested the mettle of the faithful," Lucchino pointed to the expected return of some key injured Sox players and noted that the front office is ready to make a move before the trade deadline.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez understands the deal. He isn't hitting home runs, and people are wondering why.

PAWTUCKET -- After going 2-for-3 with a run scored and handling one fly ball cleanly, Carl Crawford admitted that he is feeling the pressure to return to the Red Sox lineup. Crawford confirmed after Thursday's game with Triple-A Pawtucket that he is on schedule for a return to the big league club on Monday at Fenway if everything goes well in his next two games Friday and Saturday.

Crawford was asked why he is returning on Monday.

When asked about the much-talked-about clubhouse dynamic, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington surmised that the chemistry within the team will be shaped by winning or losing.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the Red Sox' voluntary workout at Tropicana Field Thursday evening, general manager Ben Cherington addressed the team's approach as the non-waiver trade deadline draws near, at the end of the month.

Cherington said that while the next weeks should dictate much of the Sox' strategy at the deadline, he doesn't envision a situation in which the team would be trading key elements of its roster.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in an interview on WEEI's The Big Show, said that the reports of Red Sox clubhouse toxicity are "none of my business." That said, he noted some disappointment that Red Sox principal owner John Henry and CEO/president Larry Lucchino have not returned calls that he has placed to them since his return to Boston for the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park.

Former Red Sox manager and current ESPN baseball analyst Terry Francona joined Michael Holley and Kirk Minihane on The Big Show Thursday to discuss the team and its first-half struggles. 

As they head back from the All-Star break, the Sox are tied with the Blue Jays for last in the American League East with a 43-43 record. Francona said that while the team has had injuries, the likes of Daniel Nava and Scott Podsednik have made up for them, and that the true problem is the team's underachieving starting rotation. 

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio, discussed the shape of the Sox coming out of the All-Star break. In the broad-ranging interview, he said that he was pleased with the individual performances of players on his team, believed that the Red Sox rotation as currently constructed was good enough to lead the team to the playoffs and said that, after a "magical mystery tour" in search of his swing in the first half, Adrian Gonzalez appeared ready to do some damage in the second half.

Jon Lester, perhaps in response to a radio appearance by Peter Gammons in which the Hall of Fame writer suggested Lester was "so unhappy" in Boston, posted the following on his Twitter page late Wednesday night:

"Guys, I love Boston, very happy here. Nothing better than playing for the @RedSox, hope to be here for my entire career," Lester wrote.