The Red Sox have placed Jed Lowrie and Boof Bonser on the DL retroactive to March 26.
Jeremy Hermida is recovering from his hamstring injury. Terry Francona commented on it today:
“I don’t know how realistic playing tomorrow is or not,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I think very realistic is Friday. Again, that doesn’t mean he won’t play tomorrow. I don’t know if realistic is the right word. I don’t know if he would [play Thursday]. But I think Friday is very realistic.”
The team is taking it slow with Tazawa and has not made a decision about surgery.
Dice-K will pitch in relief of Wakefield in D.C. on Saturday and then go on a rehab assignment in the minors before joining the Red Sox in the regular season.
Julio Lugo is scheduled to make his return tomorrow at shortstop, he has been out for 12 games.
Coco Crisp is still out with the groin injury and may have lost his job to Jacoby Ellsbury. Coco needed a more than a season to find his swing after the finger injury and the Red Sox may not be willing to wait him out again. Coco said the following when asked about his return and if he would make the Japan trip: “I have no clue, I would love to go out there. I always wanted to go out there, so it would be nice to go out there and see that. We have two games out there, too, so it would be nice to start the season off with the team. We’ll have to see. I’ll take it slow. I can’t rush, because like I said, I go out there and play banged up and it’s been unfortunate for myself.
Josh Beckett has not resumed baseball activities and will miss the trip to Japan.