If you watched the game on Monday, you got to see three things happen: Price made his return to the Red Sox rotation, the bats would stop hitting, and a certain Red Sox player would be removed from the game after a collision at first base with Jose Abreu.
Even if I didn’t tell you the player’s name, you could probably infer that player is Dustin Pedroia, it’s just the deal that comes with him at this point. He works hard, he plays hard, and he gets hurt hard. It’s just a consequence of his style of play, for as much as we love him, he’s certainly got a tendency to get hurt in the name of hustle.
Fortunately, Pedroia will not be out too long, if estimates hold true. He just has a severe sprain of his left wrist. The left wrist is the one that he’s had multiple surgeries on, and the one that seems to always get injured. With how delicate wrists are, the Red Sox are notably being cautious here, as he’ll be placed on the 10 day Disabled List, expected to be out for at least the next two weeks. He is going for a second opinion in the interim.
To replace Pedroia on the roster, Pablo Sandoval’s name is the one flying around the most, as he’s expected to end his rehab and return to the Red Sox roster. Sandoval has not been effective in AAA during his rehab, as he’s only mustered a .160/.222/.280 line. While Sandoval is up, he cannot play second base. Sandoval will return to playing third base, while Deven Marrero and Josh Rutledge take turns at second, in between giving Sandoval a break at third.
I’m not going to lie, this is not great for a Red Sox team that was finding some footing relatively recently. The winning streak already feels so long ago, and it’s going to take some excellent pitching to make up for the lack of Pedroia’s bat and glove. Pedroia was currently hitting .292/.369/.380, and was fourth on the team in RBIs.
We wish Pedroia a quick recovery. Those dang wrists, man.