Varitek, Delcarmen latest Red Sox players downed

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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox, who have been beset by injuries throughout the course of the season, have placed catcher Jason Varitek on the 15-day disabled list with a minimally displaced fracture of the second metatarsal on the top of his right foot.

The injury occurred when he was hit by a foul tip off the bat of Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford during the seventh inning in Wednesday's game. Varitek stayed in the game for another inning before being replaced by Gustavo Molina.

The 38-year-old backstop was hitting .263 with seven home runs and 16 runs batted in during part-time duty behind Victor Martinez, who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a broken left thumb suffered in San Francisco on Sunday.

Joining Varitek as the latest addition to the DL, is right-hand reliever Manny Delcarmen, who is sidelined with a strained right forearm.

Delcarmen, who has been battling stiffness in the forearm for more than a week, was roughed up in his last outing Wednesday by the Rays, as he was charged with five runs on four hits and a walk without recording an out.

The Boston native is 2-2 with a 4.59 earned run average in 33 relief outings.

Boston has also lost position players Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron, Mike Lowell, Dustin Pedroia and Jeremy Hermida, as well as pitchers Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett to injury throughout the first three months of the season.

The Red Sox recalled pitcher Robert Manuel and infielder Niuman Romero from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the two roster spots.

Manuel was 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA and eight saves over 41 innings for the PawSox and was recently selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Romero was hitting .268 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 51 games.


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