While the Red Sox were busy blowing out the Rockies Wednesday night, they were also dropping like flies, as Ryan Hanigan, Dustin Pedroia, and Xander Bogaerts were all removed from the game with various maladies.
For Hanigan, the word was always illness. Obviously not a positive--and perhaps influenced as much by the dancing knuckleball and sudden Summer heat as much as anything else--but not the sort of thing you expect to keep anyone out for very long.
Xander Bogaerts, too, was not the scariest of incidents, though it was a bit nasty. He apparently had his thumbnail uprooted some when applying a tag to Carlos Gonzalez at second base. That won't exactly be comfortable for Bogaerts, but at the same time, it's not the sort of structural damage you worry about.
The most concerning of the bunch was Dustin Pedroia, who left the game after an innocuous double. While he looked fine walking back to the dugout and seemed to tell John Farrell as much, anytime a player is removed suddenly and for no apparent reason, it triggers all sorts of alarms.
Thankfully, this was just about John Farrell being cautious. Pedroia had complained about some cramping in his hamstring earlier, and was told to take it easy the rest of the game. So, according to Pedroia, he went ahead and coasted into second on his double, which in turn made Farrell pull him when he saw he wasn't running at full speed. Again, the move was entirely precautionary, and that's probably for the best given that it was a hamstring that cost Dustin Pedroia so much playing time in 2015.
It wouldn't be too surprising to see John Farrell try to get Pedroia a day off today. Maybe even Bogaerts, though his isn't really an injury you rest so much as just tough out. But at the very least the Red Sox seem to have dodged any major injury bullets for today.