The Red Sox will be without Dustin Pedroia for today and perhaps the rest of the year, as John Farrell has revealed the team is considering shutting down their second baseman with a left wrist injury.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Mookie Betts - CF|
|Alejandro De Aza - LF||Daniel Nava - RF|
|Adam Jones - CF||David Ortiz - DH|
|Nelson Cruz - DH||Yoenis Cespedes - LF|
|Chris Davis - 3B||Mike Napoli - 1B|
|Steve Pearce - 1B||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Nick Hundley - C||Will Middlebrooks - 3B|
|Ryan Flaherty - SS||Jemile Weeks - 2B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Christian Vazquez - C|
|Chris Tillman - RHP||Anthony Ranaudo - RHP|
It seems like every year without fail we hear the same story at some point or another: Dustin Pedroia is playing hurt. Red Sox fans had to be expecting it was coming once more given Pedroia's season-long struggles at the plate, and now we have our confirmation: Pedroia has been dealing with a wrist injury since the middle of the season, and after a recent MRI, may end up shelved for the rest of the season.
If that's the case, well, so be it. We can't deny the possibility that the days of power hittin' Pedey are behind us now, but he can certainly play better than this even when hurt. 2013 is proof enough of that. A few extra weeks of rest for the wrist tacked onto the beginning of the offseason aren't likely to help much, but at the very least they certainly can't hurt, and the Red Sox don't exactly need wins these days anyways.
First pitch in what might be the post-Pedroia portion of 2014 is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.