Tag:Dustin Pedroia
Posted on: August 9, 2010 1:13 pm

Pedroia, Varitek recovering from injuries

Dustin Pedroia Dustin Pedroia wasn't able to beat his projected timetable of four-to-six weeks out with a fractured foot, but is getting close to a return.

Pedroia, who hopes to be starting at second base at the start of Boston's next homestand August 17 against the , ran the bases Sunday and was pleased with the outcome.

“I jogged around the bases, felt OK," Pedroia told the Boston Globe . So every day it’s getting better. Three days ago I thought I was out for the year. Now I feel like I can play soon."

The next step for Pedroia is to take a breather on Monday then repeat all his steps -- running the bases, turning double plays, taking groundballs, hitting -- "more aggressively, with more intensity," as manager Terry Francona says.

After that, Pedroia, Francona, GM Theo Epstein and others will discuss whether the diminutive second baseman should go off on a rehab assignment or not.

Whenever Pedroia returns, he'll come back to the best line of his career to date with a .292/.370/.502 mark in 342 plate appearances. Pedroia had struggled through a brutal May but turned it on in June with a 1.075 OPS before going down.

Pedroia is rehabbing with fellow injured teammate Jason Varitek -- who also has a fractured foot. 'Tek is slightly behind Pedroia due to suffering the injury days later and is ramping up his activities shortly.

"I’m still learning how to walk and jog right now," Varitek said. "I’m recovering day to day, and getting better each day, so that’s good for me. Whatever we’re doing, I’m handling and not going backwards the next day."

The season-ending injury to Kevin Youkilis may have derailed what might have been a postseason push by the Red Sox, but the burgeoning return of Pedroia, Varitek and recently signed Carlos Delgado means this season isn't over yet.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:08 pm

Pedroia, Utley making strides

Baseball's two best second basemen are on the mend. Dustin Pedroia ran before the Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium and Chase Utley showed up at Citizen Bank Park before the Phillies' game against the Mets without a splint on his right hand.

Both teams made sure to temper any optimism about a quick return, though.

Pedroia ran sprints and manager Terry Francona told reporters his start isn't running naturally on his broken foot.

"I thought he made a lot of improvement, which is great," Francona said. "It's still healing. For him to accept that is very difficult. But I thought he had a good day. For him, a good day is not going to be until he is in the lineup."

That's still likely more than a week away.

Although Utley said he's not allowed to hit or throw until he sees a doctor next week, but has taken ground balls for the past few weeks.

Utley told reporters that he'd like to return by the end of this month -- which would be right at eight weeks, the initial prognosis.

"I'm extremely eager to get back," Utley said. "I've been going nuts on the bench."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:23 pm

Pedroia can't bend time and space

Dustin Pedroia
Bones heal as fast as they heal, no matter how hard you mentally encourage them to hurry. That's a reality Dustin Pedroia is having a tough time accepting.

The Red Sox second baseman has been working hard and hoping he could push the 6-to-8-week window on returning from a broken left foot suffered June 25. He tried jogging Monday, and -- surprise -- it hurt. A visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum scared some sense into him.

"There's nothing really that I can do," he told the Boston Globe. "Just time's gotta heal me. He kind of told me I can't play unless I feel no pain, which isn't good. ... I didn't realize how serious it was and how long it's going to take."

Pedroia has been shut down until a CT scan on Friday to see how the healing is coming along. But he's realizing "playing through the pain" isn't an approach that works with a broken bone.

"You really can't do that with this injury," he said. "That's hard to deal with. That bone can break off and they'd have to put pins in it. That would be a disaster."

Red Sox fans agree.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:03 pm

This week in free stuff: July 19-26

What's better than a day at the ballpark? A day at the ballpark and free stuff.

I remember as a kid going to a Tidewater Tides (as the Norfolk Tides were called then) and getting a Tides batting glove. I wore that batting glove even though it was for my left hand and I was a left-handed hitter. I loved that thing, with the Tides logo and elastic wristband. Since then, I've loved ballpark giveaways (or SGA as you can find them on eBay) and have a collection of odds and ends such as an Endy Chavez bobblehead or a Macon Braves batting helmet (I only get them now as a paying fan, not as part of the job). As a proud owner of a Savannah Sand Gnats Gnic the Gnat bobblehead, I often check around to see what's being given away at ballparks around the country. So here it is, this week in free stuff, from the majors and minors. Keep in mind, this isn't a complete list, just the ones I find most interesting, and even if many think bobbleheads are passe, I'm still a big fan and you'll see most of them here.

Tonight, July 19
Chicago Cubs -- a Cubs mouse pad… if you still use one of those. Ask your parents, kids.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie Appalachian League) -- seat cushion. One of the more underrated and classic give-aways, you don't see them as much anymore, yet your butt could still use a cushion after nine innings.

Tuesday, July 20
Los Angeles Dodgers -- James Loney bobblehead
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- Dustin Pedroia bobblehead
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Southern League) -- logo ball. I'm not usually a big logo ball fan, but this logo is a flying squirrel.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- paint your own Clawd bobblehead. Clawd is the team's mascot.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- eco-friendly cooler bag. I was at a Marlins game once and they gave out gas cans. I'm usually a big fan of practical give-aways, but I didn't take that one.

Brookly Cyclones Wednesday, July 21
Baltimore Orioles -- foam finger. A classic. I'd love to see the foam finger make a comeback, even if a No. 1 is a little unrealistic for the Orioles.
Chicago Cubs -- key chain. This one is actually a nice, simple design, something that can often be done wrong and is done well here.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- "Jersey? Sure!" Jersey. It's actually kinda great. The Cyclones are one of the minor league leaders in both quantity and quality of giveaways.

Manny Ramirez Thursday, July 22
Pittsburgh Pirates -- T-shirt. I don't normally get too excited by free t-shirts, but this one has a nice Pirate theme with a ship and all.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Manny Ramirez action figure. Action figures are this year's attempt at replacing bobbleheads. The Dodgers went the extra mile and made each of their three action figures as superheroes, but it still doesn't quite work.
Bowie BaySox (Eastern League) -- Nolan Reimold bobblehead. The Orioles prospect is getting his own bobblehead.
Iowa Cubs (Pacific Coast League) -- Casey Blake bobblehead. Blake is an Iowa native.
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Adrian Gonzalez bobblehead.
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) -- Aussie hat. Not bad for a day at the beach on North Padre Island.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic Laegue) -- Dusty Wathan bobblehead. Wathan, son of former Royals manager John "Duke" Wathan, was the manager of the BlueClaws last season when the team won the South Atlantic League title and like most of his players, got called up. He's now the manager of the High-A Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies organization.
Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League) -- Bill Freehan bobblehead. The Loons are honoring Tiger legends with bobbleheads this season and Freehan is Michigan through-and-through. Freehan was born in Detroit, played football and baseball at the University of Michigan and then spent his entire 15-year career with the Tigers.
Orem Owlz (Frontier League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead.

Friday, July 23
Evan Longoria Baltimore Orioles -- tankard. More realistic than the foam finger, Orioles fans can drink away their problems in style.
Houston Astros -- gym bag. Again, one of the practical giveaways. I have a Braves bag I still use.
Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League) -- Evan Longoria bobblehead.
Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League) -- Mike Schmidt bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Larry Herndon bobblehead. It's a big week for former Tigers, apparently. Herndon caught the last out of the 1984 World Series.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Fireman Sandy bobblehead. A bobblehead of the mascot Sandy in a fireman's uniform.
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) -- Champ bobblehead. A friend of mine has a large collection of bobbleheads and says the mascot ones go for the most money on the secondary market.

Saturday, July 24
New York Yankees -- lunch box. I love the metal lunch boxes, they're a popular giveaway -- and for good reason.
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians -- Grady Sizemore bobblehead. One of the few chances to see Grady Sizemore in action at Progressive Field.
Houston Astros -- rainbow sleeve t-shirt.
Milwaukee Brewers -- grill master apron.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- wall clock.
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- James Loney bobblehead.
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- beach blanket.
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- Lonnie Chisenhall bobblehead. The Indians prospect is nearly ready for the big leagues and he already has a bobblehead.
Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) -- Little Heiskell bobblehead. Little Heiskell is a German soldier weathervane figure that has become a symbol of the city.
Rome Braves (South Atlantic League) -- Tommy Hanson bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- glow-in-the-dark baseball.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- kids fielding glove giveaway. As a kid, these always kinda bummed me out, because it's not like they have a left-handed option. Sure, they're never good enough to actually use, but that's little consolation to a sad little left-handed kid.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- fleece blanket. One of my favorites, although many teams are moving toward Snuggie-like blankets instead of the usual throw.

Sunday, July 25
Philadelphia Phillies -- Chase Utley action figure. Like the real Utley, this one no longer has a cast on his hand.
Milwaukee Brewers -- Robin Yount bobblehead. Not only is Yount wearing a great old Brewers uniform, the Yountstache is in full effect.
Albuquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League) -- Orbit bobblehead. Another great mascot bobblehead. Most minor league mascots are better in bobblehead form than mascot form.
Reno Aces (Pacific Coast League) -- skateboard deck. Another new one this season, the Aces deck is one of the best.
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- paint your own bobblehead.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (South Atlantic League) -- Chris Coghlan figurine.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) -- lunch box.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- Skipper leg lamp bobblehead. It's the leg of the mascot, Skipper, and it's a leg lamp, just like Cleveland's own A Christmas Story.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Allie Gator bobblehead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:01 pm

Youkilis: Ellsbury 'should be out there'

Kevin Youkilis When Kevin Youkilis is out of a game for the Red Sox, he's a constant presence on the dugout railing. In fact, Boston's railing has been packed with injured players this season (including, pictured, Dustin Pedroia and Youkilis).

One exception is outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been away from the team for a month recovering from broken ribs. Ellsbury chose to rehab at a training facility in Arizona rather than stay with the team, prompting plenty of questions and hints that Ellsbury might be soft or not be a team guy.

The organization and Ellsbury's teammates have publicly supported him, but first baseman Kevin Youkilis broke ranks Thursday in an interview on WEEI. Youkilis said Ellsbury, who will rejoin the team Friday, should have been on that railing with everybody else.
"Jacoby’s coming back now, so hopefully he can cheer us on. I don’t know what went on there," said Youkilis. “I think that was more his agent (Scott Boras) and the Red Sox, but it’s very important. As a player, it doesn’t matter if you’re hurt or not. You should be out there cheering on your team. … It’s good that he’s coming back. Hopefully he’s out there cheering on the team, and hopefully he’ll get healthy and help the team.”
We'll see how the statement affects the relationship between the players, but there are bound to be other Red Sox players who are privately cheering Youkilis for speaking out.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 6:13 pm

Ellsbury may join team in Toronto

Jacoby Ellsbury The Red Sox could be getting a much-needed body off of the disabled list before the All-Star break.

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports Terry Francona said there was a possibility Jacoby Ellsbury could return to the team this weekend in Toronto.

So far, this is just a possibility, Cafardo emphasizes.

Ellsbury suffered four cracked ribs on April 4, spent more than a month on the DL and cracked another rib and has been on the disabled list since May 28.

Francona told reporters Ellsbury was starting to throw and was having a good day in Arizona, where he has been rehabbing.

Another of the rib crew, Jeremy Hermida, took four rounds of batting practice in the cage on Tuesday and is expected to take regular batting practice tomorrow. However, Francona said he didn't know when Hermida would be headed out on a rehab assignment.

Francona had other updates to the length Red Sox list: no clue on Victor Martinez (thumb), foot injury buddies Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek are continuing to throw and Clay Buchholz (hamstring) should be ready after the All-Star break. Mike Lowell (hip) is at home in Miami.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 7:13 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 1:16 am

Another day, another injury for Red Sox

Victor Martinez Victor Martinez was the latest Red Sox player to leave a game in San Francisco early with an injury, breaking his left thumb.

Martinez took a foul ball off the left foot off the bat of Giants catcher Bengie Molina, but stayed in the game.

Martinez flew out in the third, but was replaced behind the plate by Jason Varitek in the bottom of the fourth.

The Red Sox are off Monday and he will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Boston.

Dustin Pedroia left Friday's game after fracturing a bone in his left foot when he fouled a ball off of it. Starter Clay Buchholz left Saturday's game in the second after hyperextending his left knee running the bases.

Boston did receive good news, as Buchholz's injury may not be as serious as once thought and he could still make his next start.

"He's a little black and blue in his knee, which means there's a little bit of bleeding," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters . "Saying that, he feels pretty good. Pretty good range of motion."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 4:29 pm

DL for Pedroia

Angel Sanchez was taking batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia was walking around on crutches, according to Twitter posts from several Boston-area reporters. That means a trip to the disabled list for Pedroia, who fouled a ball off his foot Friday night -- a day after a three-homer game.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Friday's game that there was no break in Pedroia's foot, but Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe said via Twitter that there is a fracture, and Pedroia is definitely DL-bound with no timetable for a return.

Sanchez is a primarily a shortstop. He was batting .274 with Triple-A Pawtucket. It's not clear yet how the injury-riddled Red Sox are going to assign playing time in the infield.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Red Sox say Pedroia has a non-displaced fracture in the left navicular bone of the mid-foot.

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