Updates from Thursday, April 17
The Red Sox announced that Pedroia has returned to the starting lineup:
Updates from Wednesday, April 16
The Red Sox have welcomed Dustin Pedroia back into the starting lineup after sitting out with an injured wrist:
4/16 at CWS: Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Gomes RF, Sizemore LF, Pierzynski C, Nava 1B, Roberts 3B, Bradley Jr. CF, Buchholz RHP— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 16, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal has the latest on Dustin Pedroia, who is not in the lineup for the Red Sox on Monday:
Red Sox v. Johnson: Sizemore LF, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Napoli 1B, Nava RF, Pierzynski C, Roberts 3B, Bradley Jr. CF, Herrera 2B, Peavy RHP— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) April 15, 2014
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com had more on Pedroia's injured wrist:
Pedroia got a cortisone shot Monday for inflammation in his left wrist. Expects to be able to play Wednesday. #RedSoxTalk— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) April 15, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 14
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe has the latest on Dustin Pedroia:
Source: #RedSox 2B Dustin Pedroia (left wrist) should be fine. More tests being done, but injury does not appear serious.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 14, 2014
Joe McDonald and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston had more on Pedroia's status:
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia does not have a fracture in his left wrist, a development a baseball source called "great news" on Monday afternoon.
Another source told ESPNBoston.com earlier Monday that things looked good "so far," but that further tests were scheduled.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com is reporting that Pedroia is expected avoid the disabled list.
Abraham later added:
Pedroia rejoining #RedSox in Chicago tomorrow, team says. Uehara, too.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 14, 2014
Nick Cafardo of Boston.com provided further clarification on the injury:
Pedroia has inflammation no structural damage in left wrist. Uehara has no structural damage. Both return to Chicago tomorrow— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) April 15, 2014
It hasn't been a great start to the year for Dustin Pedroia with the Boston Red Sox, and it might just be getting worse for the four-time All-Star second baseman.
Pedroia injured his left wrist after a take-out slide earlier in the week, and manager John Farrell reports the injury is potentially getting worse, per Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:
Doesn't sound great for #RedSox on Pedroia's wrist. Farrell said it has been getting worse. Back to Boston for tests.— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) April 13, 2014
Sean McAdam of Comcast Sportsnet provides more details on the extent of the injury:
Pedroia also headed back to Boston for check-up in wrist. Pain intensified during early hitting today. Get sense Sox are concerned.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) April 13, 2014
This isn't the first injury for Pedroia, though, as he played through a damaged ligament in his left thumb all last season. The 30-year-old appeared in 160 games despite the injury and came away with a .301 batting average and 84 RBI.
That success hasn't translated over to this season, as he's batting just .236 in 55 plate appearances with no home runs and one RBI. Farrell commented on his second baseman's recent struggles, per Ricky Doyle of NESN:
It’s more about the overall performance in the leadoff spot. It’s also a chance for Dustin to focus on just getting on base. I think there’s been times where Pedey has expanded the strike zone a little bit and forced the issue some.
(This is) another opportunity to get him to see some pitches. This is now the fourth different guy we’ve had in the leadoff spot, so we’re looking for a combination (and) a little bit of a spark at the top.
While the significance of the injury has yet to be announced, a tough upcoming schedule awaits the Red Sox. Following Sunday night's matchup with the Yankees, Boston travels to take on the Chicago White Sox before facing the Baltimore Orioles and Yankees yet again.
Pedroia may be out of the lineup on Sunday, but his toughness showed during 2013 as he fought through an injury to continue a successful career. If the injury doesn't completely hinder his productivity, expect to see Pedroia do everything he can to get back on the field.
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