The Boston Red Sox may have placed David Ortiz on the disabled list Wednesday, but they could have second baseman Dustin Pedroia back for tonight's four-game finale against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.
Pedroia has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 6 due to a right thumb strain.
"He said he was ready about four days ago," Valentine said on Wednesday. "He's such an important part of our team, so much fun to watch play, that for his psyche, as well as ours, I hope he gets back in tomorrow."
Boston didn't need Pedroia on Wednesday, as Cody Ross hit a pair of three-run homers and Felix Doubront picked up a milestone victory in the Red Sox', 10-1, rout.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 including a home run and tallied four RBI for the Red Sox, who have won three of four.
Doubront (10-4) scattered four hits and one run over six solid innings to reach double-digit wins for the first time in his career.
Paul Konerko walked twice and drove in the lone run for the White Sox, who have dropped two of three in the set.
In his major-league debut, Pedro Hernandez (0-1) was rocked for 12 hits and eight runs over four-plus frames. Following the game, he was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte and a corresponding move will be made prior to Thursday's series finale.
"It's a bittersweet experience," said Hernandez of his debut. "You come up here and you really get to see the talent of these players. I was happy to be here but at the same token sad that I didn't get to help out the team."
Before the game the Red Sox placed Ortiz on the DL with an Achilles injury. Ortiz suffered the injury during Monday's 5-1 victory over the White Sox while stepping on second base after Gonzalez hit a three-run homer. He has been placed in a walking boot as a precaution.
Getting the call for the White Sox tonight will be the impressive Jose Quintana, who is 4-1 on the year with a 2.60 ERA. He had a rough go of it on Friday in Kansas City, though, as the Royals reached him for five runs and eight hits in five innings. However, his offense bailed him out and Quintana escaped with a no-decision.
Quintana, who has never faced the Red Sox, has allowed more than five runs in two of his last three starts after surrendering two or less in his first eight appearances.
Boston, meanwhile, will hand the ball to righty Clay Buchholz, who is 8-3 with a 5.54 ERA. Buchholz absorbed the loss on Saturday to Tampa Bay, as he allowed four runs on just three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He had won his previous three starts.
"Buchholz was really good. He was really good until right at the end there," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "I had questions about sending him out [in the seventh], but he didn't have many pitches and he said he hadn't even broken a sweat yet. Then a walk and a hit batter later, you know. But he was very good."
Buchholz has faced the White Sox four times and is 1-2 with a 6.53 ERA against them.
Boston has lost eight of nine at home to the White Sox, but is 4-2 overall this season against them.