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It's unclear if Dustin Pedroia will require surgery for his ailing knee. Peter Abraham of the Globe thinks so. Pedroia doesn't. Joy of Sox has a compilation of quotes and tweets from journalists with different opinions on the matter. The upshot is nobody knows for sure right now. Pedroia is headed back to Boston and will be examined. Beyond that it's all just speculation. Should the Sox lose Pedroia for what would certainly be an extended DL trip (a month or more, depending on the procedure) they'd have Jed Lowrie, Marco Scutaro, and Drew Sutton to fill the void. Likely Sutton would find himself in the lineup more often than he does currently though still with less frequently than Scutaro and Lowrie, who would man shortstop and second base, respectively. Either that or they'll trade Sutton for Robinson Cano. And, heck, I know he doesn't play for the same team, but why don't you throw in Felix Hernandez while you're at it.
Beyond Pedroia's medical woes, and those of Daisuke Matsuzaka, Rich Hill, and Bobby Jenks, the Sox should be in good spirits. As Marc noted on our most recent Podcast, losing four in a row is less than cool, but Boston has rebounded in a big way since. Wednesday's win brings the total to five wins in a row including two in a row over the arch-rival Yankees in New York. Boston's record versus the Yankees this season is now 7-1. For the record. [rubs hands together, grins] The win also moves the Sox ahead of New York by a game in the standings. Being in first place is never a bad thing. Unless it's a line to enter the horseradish eating contest. WEEI.com's Alex Speier has a game story. So does MLB.com's Ian Browne and Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
By any logical measure the Red Sox off season trade for Adrian Gonzalez has been a success. Gonzalez is crushing the ball after a slower start, leading the league in RBIs and close to the top in batting average. What's more Gonzalez has had a positive impact on the clubhouse, befriending David Ortiz and at least by some accounts, helping Big Papi improve as a hitter by showing him some tricks to hit the ball to the opposite field. All that is wonderful, of course. But when a fan of another team starts to tell you how Theo Epstein stole Gonzalez from the Padres here's what you should say: Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo, a first baseman, was hitting like Jose Bautista in AAA and is now set to make his major league debut Thursday in San Diego against the Nationals. Who's to say how good he'll turn out to be, and playing in San Diego will likely make his stats look worse than they are, but the man can hit. A ton. The point: the trade is going to look far more even in a few years than it does now.
Some shorties for you:
Alex Speier of WEEI.com has a look at some of the later picks made by the Red Sox in the just concluded MLB Draft. The Sox seem to have this love of drafting Yankee fans.
Steven Goldman of the Pinstriped Bible is tired of trotting out someone else's garbage in the Yankees rotation. He's ready to move the kids up. Like now. You don't suppose Freddy Garcia's 85 mph fastball and 85 run ERA had anything to do with it, do you?
Sox Prospects asks the eternal question now that the draft is over: Now what? Mind = blown.
Finally, ESPN Boston has a podcast out with Baseball America's John Manuel. The topic is the Red Sox draft. Of course, it's doubtful Manuel knows as much about the Sox draft haul as Marc Normandin and I because we're super experts and he's just a regular old professional. OK, well Marc is a super expert. He has the cape and brightly colored boots to prove it, too. I'm a lower level expert. A sub-expert, if you will. Or, even if you won't. My boots aren't brightly colored and are really just tightly laced high tops. Also my cape is perpetually at the cleaners.