The Boston Red Sox today activated catcher Victor Martinez from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Dusty Brown to Triple-A Pawtucket. Martinez is slated to start behind the plate and bat sixth in tonight’s game at Angel Stadium.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Martinez, 31, has missed 22 games since being placed on the disabled list on June 29 (retroactive to June 28) due to a left thumb fracture. He sustained the injury after having two foul balls hit off his thumb while he was behind the plate during the June 27 game in San Francisco. The switch-hitter, who was named an All-Star for the fourth time in his career in 2010, has batted .289 (71-for-246) with 20 doubles, nine home runs, 38 RBI and 36 runs in 66 games with the Red Sox this season.
The 28-year-old Brown is 2-for-11 (.182) in six games with Boston since he was recalled on July 17, appearing at catcher in all six games including three starts. Brown has hit .225 (38-for-169) with 14 doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI, 25 runs and 24 walks in 52 games with the PawSox this season, appearing in 48 games behind the plate.