ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Wednesday, and in addition to commending the Red Sox for their development of "two No. 1 starters" in Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, indicated that though it's a "long shot," the Red Sox could still position themselves to make the playoffs. 

 

Jacoby Ellsbury gave a 17-second statement on his latest rib injury that landed him on the disabled list for the third time this season, stopping short of declaring his 2010 season over. 

 

"It's a broken rib in the back, broken in the exact same place as I broke it before. Basically, when I come back, I'll be stronger than ever when I do come back. 

 

Asked if he was done playing for the year, Ellsbury said, "We're not sure yet." 

 

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB network joined The Big Show on Wednesday and called struggling Red Sox starter Josh Beckett a "major mystery." The right-hander is currently in the midst of the worst season of his career, posting a 6.51 ERA and lasting eight innings just once. 

 

Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew will not be the Sox' lineup Tuesday, with Darnell McDonald playing right, Bill Hall starting in left, and Ryan Kalish back in as the centerfielder. Here is lineup the Red Sox will send out against Angels starter Scott Kazmir:

 

Scutaro SS

 

Pedroia 2B

 

Martinez C

 

Ortiz DH

 

Beltre 3B

 

Lowell 1B

 

Hall LF

 

McDonald RF

 

Kalish CF

 

Lackey P

During his Wednesday appearance on the Dale & Holley show, Red Sox manager Terry Francona got very defensive of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury when asked if the center fielder is "soft."

 

So Clay Buchholz is now 14-5 with a league-leading 2.36 ERA.



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Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked to the Dale & Holley show Wednesday and discussed Dustin Pedroia’s recent return to the lineup after a trip to the disabled list. It seemed that Francona couldn’t be happier that the second baseman is back for numerous reasons.

 

“He’s actually quieter when he’s playing, thank goodness. He was giving everybody headaches,” said Francona. “But it was nice to have him back. … As he settles in, you’ll see the real Pedroia.”

Mike Cameron said Tuesday night that he is done for the season due to his abdominal tear. Speaking to ESPN.com, Cameron said he is scheduled to talk with general manager Theo Epstein on Wednesday to discuss a timetable for surgery.

 

"We're in a position now where we need all of the healthy — physically and mentally — guys possible playing in the field," Cameron said. "Me trying to play 65 percent is probably not beneficial to the ballclub at the moment.

 

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning and talked at length about Clay Buchholz, who threw seven shutout innings in the team's 6-0 win over the Angels Tuesday night. 

 

According to an ESPN report, tests on Jacoby Ellsbury revealed that the Red Sox outfielder has another fractured rib and "probably" will miss the rest of the season. Ellsbury suffered his latest injury on Friday in Texas when he collided with Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter during the first inning.

 

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Tuesday's game at Fenway Park that the team would discuss a recovery plan with Ellsbury Wednesday, after the player returned from his visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum in California.