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08/01/2012 - 6:42pm
Ortiz: Improving, but still days away

Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who is eligible to come off the disabled list today, said that he woke up today "feeling a little better," but that the tendinitis in his Achilles continues to linger. As such, while he is getting closer to a return, he suggested that he is still at least a couple days off from the necessary agility tests on the field to permit him to play.

"The doctor checked me out every day and he found less tendinitis on my Achilles [today] so that's good. ... I feel better today than days before. Hopefully it continues feeling better everyday so I can go back into the fire," he said. "I haven't done anything outside yet. I'll do things outside probably in the next two or three days."

That said, despite what he characterized as considerable improvement, Ortiz acknowledged that he is "not yet" completely pain-free when walking, and so he is not yet at the point where team trainers will put him...

08/01/2012 - 4:54pm
Sox recall Lavarnway, place Nava on DL

The Red Sox recalled Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket where he was hitting .295 with a .376 OBP, .439 slugging mark and .815 OPS along with eight homers in 83 games. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, they placed Daniel Nava on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

With David Ortiz on the DL with his Achilles injury and both Mike Aviles (toe) and Kelly Shoppach (shin) dealing with injuries that, while not severe enough to lead them to the disabled list, have circumscribed their availability, the Sox elected to call up Lavarnway to add a right-handed option to the bench.

Lavarnway hit .231/.302/.436 in 39 at-bats with the Sox late in the 2011 season, including two home runs, while serving as the starting catcher on the final two days of the season. 

"I loved him in spring training and since he's continued to make improvements," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "Offensively, [PawSox manager Arnie...

08/01/2012 - 4:38pm
Bailey begins rehab assignment

Reliever Andrew Bailey worked a scoreless inning in the Gulf Coast League with two strikeouts, while allowing one hit as the pitcher begins to make his way back to the big leagues. Bailey had surgery on his thumb in April and has not pitched for the Sox this season.

The two-time All-Star was acquired last December from Oakland along with Ryan Sweeney for three players including outfielder Josh Reddick.

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08/01/2012 - 3:31pm
Bobby V on Olney: 'Who gives a darn?'

Appearing on The Big Show on Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine responded to ESPN analyst Buster Olney's contention on Mut & Merloni that there was discontent in the clubhouse by saying it was "absolutely ridiculous."

"He's also discontent that I wouldn't go on the show with him when he does Sunday Night Baseball and he's crying a little here because I wouldn't let him interview me in the fourth inning," Valentine said. "So, we have to understand the source here. I understand Buster. He's really a hard-working guy. He's so hard-working he's always on these talk shows that he has to make sure he's gathering information for you guys. Who gives a darn what he says about that situation?

"Why don't we hear about Kirk Gibson and how many of the players don't like him or about Jim Leyland and who's upset with...

08/01/2012 - 3:18pm
Lineup: Kalish returns, Ross to DH

Ryan Kalish will make his return to the Red Sox lineup as they play the third game of their series with the Tigers at Fenway. Kalish hit .217/.238/250 in 60 at-bats with the Sox before returning to the minors on July 7. He was recalled after Ryan Sweeney injured his hand punching a dugout wall during Monday's game.

With Kalish in right, Cody Ross will assume designated hitter duties and Jarrod Salatlamacchia will take over behind the plate for pitcher Aaron Cook. Here's the rest of the lineup that will face Tiger starter Rick Porcello:

Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Kalish RF
Ciriaco SS

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