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Red Sox place Dustin Pedroia on disabled list, call up Deven Marrero

Dustin Pedroia will hit the disabled list after straining his hamstring Wednesday night against the Orioles.

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The Red Sox have placed Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, calling up Deven Marrero to take his place on the roster.

The awfulness that is 2015 is nothing if not relentless. As bad as the Red Sox have been, Dustin Pedroia has enjoyed his best season in years, hitting .306/.367/.452 in 69 games to date. His power has returned, with his nine homers already matching and beating his totals from 2013 and 2014 repsectively and, at least until now, leaving him likely to beat his 2012 total of 15. If he's had a few more defensive gaffes than usual, there's little doubt that he would be his usual self out there over the long haul.

That's in no small part due to the fact that he's simply been healthy! Pedroia has had a habit of playing through injuries to his own detriment in recent seasons, and finally underwent wrist surgery this past September. It seems to have done the trick, with Pedroia one of the few players who has driven the ball with authority all season.

Thankfully, the injury that's landed him on the DL is unrelated--a hamstring strain suffered while running to first in Wednesday's game against the Orioles. Still, it's an unfortunate speed bump in what has been a renaissance season for the second baseman.

Marrero is unfortunately not riding a hot streak into his promotion. While 2014 was something of a breakout season for the shortstop in Double-A Portland, where he hit .291/.371/.433 while playing excellent defense, he has yet to figure out Pawtucket, struggling there after a midseason promotion in '14 and hitting just .241/.300/.345 there so far this year. While he did get off to a hot start in April, his bat has cooled considerably since then, with his batting line in June slightly worse than his season totals at .243/.288/.338. Still, he's a reliable glove in the infield if nothing else.