Jason Varitek is not ready to return quite yet but Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he is definitely headed in the right direction. The team captain, who broke his right foot on June 30 against Tampa Bay, had a conference call on Friday afternoon with manager Terry Francona, his agent Scott Boras, team trainer Mike Reinold and a pair of doctors to discuss how much progress was being made. 

 

The effort of Carlos Delgado to make to the Red Sox by Sept. 1 was dealt a setback on Saturday when the team announced he was being placed on the minor league disabled list with continued back soreness following his recovery from a pair of surgeries on his right hip. 

 

Delgado was put on the seven-day disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket and hasn't played since August 15, when he tweaked his lower back and has missed almost a week of action. 

 

Yamaico Navarro will get his first-ever start as a major leaguer when he starts at second base and hits eighth for the Red Sox in their game against the Blue Jays Saturday night. The 22-year-old recorded his first MLB hit in Friday's laugher after replacing Marco Scutaro at shortstop. With Jed Lowrie out, J.D. Drew will take his place as the second hitter in the Sox lineup. Darnell McDonald also gets his second straight in centerfield and will bat ninth. Here's the lineup in its entirety:

 

RED SOX

1. Marco Scutaro SS

2. J.D. Drew RF

LOWELL – Though Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are unlikely to throw a pitch for the Lowell Spinners, they have already presented the minor league club with an unprecedented challenge.



On the day it was learned that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia would be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to continuing pain in the navicular bone on his left foot -- which was still healing after being fractured -- shortstop Marco Scutaro that he has been battling with discomfort in the back of his right shoulder for "about two weeks."

 

"I don't know how it started," Scutaro noted after the Red Sox' 16-2 loss to the Blue Jays Friday night at Fenway Park. "But I have hard time reaching back on throws."

 

Lyle Overbay had a pair of three-run homers and drove in seven runs and Jon Lester had the worst outing of his career as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Red Sox, 16-2, on Friday night at Fenway Park. 

 

Lester allowed eight hits and a career-high nine runs over two-plus innings. Lester, who won his last two starts, fell to 2-5 since the All-Star break while the Red Sox fell to 2-2 on their nine-game homestand. 

 

Speaking publicly for the first time since being indicted on charges that he lied to Congress in 2008 about being injected with human growth hormone and steroids, former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens joined WEEI's The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon.

 

Ordway began the interview by saying that it might be unfair to ask Clemens how he was doing due to the recent circumstances, to which Clemens responded, "Well, I can't really control that. But you can ask me how I am. I'm doing fine."

 

The Red Sox have placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list due to continued soreness in his left foot, calling up Yamaico Navarro. Pedroia played in just two games since coming off the DL after recovering from a broken navicular bone in his foot, suffered on June 25 on a foul ball in San Francisco. Pedroia had played in two rehab games with Triple A Pawtucket over the weekend, showing no ill-effects after playing in the field on Saturday and serving as the PawSox' designated hitter Sunday.

According to Baseball America, the Red Sox allocated $10,664,400 to signing bonuses for draft picks this year, fourth-highest among major league baseball organizations. Leading the way were the Washington Nationals, who invested $11,927,200, followed by the Pirates ($11,900,400) and (Blue Jays $11,594,400). The Red Sox dwarfed the investment of the Yankees, who dished out $6,652,500. The lowest number came from the Brewers, who paid out $2,432,200.

 

It’s no longer a first-half aberration.