After taking a CT scan Thursday, it was determined that Victor Martinez' fractured left thumb hadn't gotten any worse after there were some concerns that it might have been digressed in some way.
"They wanted to see it had become worse or displaced and it is OK," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona after his team's 7-2 loss to the Rangers Thursday night at Fenway Park. "He is still very tender. As that tenderness leaves he can do more, but that is where we are at."
Martinez was relieved the scan indicated he was continuing to take steps forward instead of back.
"It shows it got a lot better," he said. "I think from this point it's just seeing how it feels every day. Hopefully I can wake up tomorrow with no pain. I'm just taking it day by day and just seeing how it feels."
The catcher said he attempted taking swings Thursday, coming away with mixed results.
"I did it today. It was a little rough, but I did it at least," Martinez said. "I swung the bat from the left side, it was pretty good, pretty normal. It's pretty hard from the right side."
Martinez, who went on the 15-day disabled list June 28, still doesn't have a timetable as to when he might be able to return.
"Hopefully I wake up tomorrow with no pain, that's the next step," he explained.
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