Tuesday June 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

According to the Boston Red Sox, pitcher Clay Buchholz has a left hamstring strain and there "are no plans to place him on the disabled list."

The Sox worded their report on catcher Victor Martinez differently. Martinez has a "minimally displaced fracture on the tip of his left thumb ... There will be no roster move (Monday) regarding Martinez."

Yes, but there will likely be a move made on Tuesday. Boston.com is reporting that Martinez will go on the DL, and that Gustavo Molina will be called up from Pawtucket as the back-up.

Molina was signed for just this purpose - an emergency. With Dusty Brown and Mark Wagner on the Pawtucket DL, Molina becomes the fill-in ... which means that Sea Dogs catcher Juan Apodaca becomes the Pawtucket No. 1 catcher, for now.

The Red Sox also confirmed Dustin Pedroia's broken left foot ("a non-displaced fracture of the medial navicular bone") and stated that the "usual timetable" for recovery is six weeks.

Bill Hall will take over the second-base job, while recently-acquired infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson will be the back-up. Patterson was obtained from the A's. To make room for him, Boston designated left-handed pitcher Fabio Castro for assignment.

Boston made one other announcement: The Boof Bonser era in Boston is over. Bonser cleared waivers and has chosen to become a free agent.

One more injury to report. Pawtucket outfielder Bubba Bell has a bruised shin after being hit by a pitch on Saturday. He has not played since ... On Monday, Aaron Bates (.234) had two hits, including his sixth home run.

Salem won 12-1. Ryan Lavarnway (.311) had three hits; Oscar Tejeda (.338) had two ... Blake Maxwell (2.47 ERA) got the win with five hitless innings in relief (2 BB, 3 K).

Two of Lowell's slugging outfielders, Bryce Brentz and Brandon Jacobs, both recorded their first professional home runs on Monday.

In the Gulf Coast League, 16-year-old shortstop Jose Vinicia (.391) remains hot with two hits.


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