BOSTON - An update on a handful of injured Red Sox:
Ramirez (inflammation in the right shoulder) continues to work out some at first base, though there's no timetable for his return to the lineup or debut at first in a game.
"He still has the right shoulder soreness," said interim manager Torey Lovullo. "He's going to continue on that same program that he's been on. You'll see him out there taking some ground balls at first base. Everything's basically status quo.''
The Sox said Ramirez wouldn't play the outfield again this season, meaning first base is his chance to get back into the lineup.
"Every time I watch him field ground balls and watch him maneuver around the bag,'' said Lovullo, "he still has that infielder tendency.
You can see that. He was quick to pick that up again. I think health will be a big factor in what he can do moving forward to get out there and we don't want to rush this process.
"We want to make sure that he's comfortable and confident and that he's showing us that. And that he's healthy. Once that happens, we can put a time frame on it. I think right now, he could do it. But there are some different components that could speed that up or perhaps hinder it.''
Pedroia (hamstring) continues to ramp up baseball activities, though he will not be sent out on this, the final weekend of minor league
regular season games, for a rehab assignment.
"He's hitting all his checkpoints, aggressively,'' said Lovullo.
"It's getting close for him and we're all in it with him. We're all excited by what we're seeing and what we're hearing. He's putting on spikes and he's aggressively running the bases. He's running from pole-to-pole to build up his endurance.
"He walks in after his work day and he's really, really excited. That's nice to see.''
Lovullo said the organization "bounced around'' the idea of sending Pedroia out for a few rehab games this weekend, but ultimately decided against it.
"Given where he's at,'' said Lovullo, "and the timing of the minor league season. We don't want to force that. We want to do what's best for Dustin. He needs a little more time and if he gets his first at-bat here at the big league level and that's what's going to be best for Dustin, we'll wait it out.'
The Sox are informally targeting around Sept. 10 -- the Sox are actually off on that day -- for his return.
"He still has some more baseball activity and he's got to ramp it up, as close as he possibly can to a game situation,'' said Lovullo. "We'll get that feedback and see where he's at.''
STEVEN WRIGHT, MATT BARNES AND BRIAN JOHNSON
Wright (concussion) was scheduled to be examined by the Red Sox' medical staff Friday afternoon.
Barnes (right elbow) threw from a distance of 120 feet and according to Lovullo "is improving.''
Both pitchers were under consideration for being used as the team's sixth starter in the final four weeks, which would give some additional rest to Henry Owens and Eduardo Rodriguez, two pitchers in danger of passing their prescribed innings limits.
Johnson (shoulder) was shut down last month and is currently at the team's spring training complex, where he is beginning a "return to baseball'' program. He's not expected to pitch in a game against this season.