X-Rays negative for Martinez

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he does not expect the team will need to make a roster move for a backup catcher, after X-rays came negative on Victor Martinez's big left toe.

Martinez had to leave Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after drawing a walk in the top of the third, after taking a foul ball off the bat of Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett in the bottom of the previous inning.

"It's painful, but it's a good thing the X-rays came out negative, nothing's broken in there,'' said Martinez, who said he has broken the toe in the past. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow but it was really, really painful.''

Jason Varitek, who replaced Martinez as a pinch runner Monday night and finished the game, will catch Jon Lester Tuesday night here. Francona said Martinez should be available if necessary, but that Mike Lowell had volunteered to be the emergency catcher.

Gordon Edes is ESPNBoston.com's Red Sox reporter. He has covered the Red Sox for 12 years and has reported on baseball for 25 years. Ask a question for his next mailbag here.