Boston Red Sox captain Dustin Pedroia is still not fully healed after taking a dirty slide from Orioles 3rd baseman Manny Machado
Dustin Pedroia was removed in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Orioles on Friday night after Xander Bogaerts fielded a Mark Trumbo grounder throwing it to second where he was taken out rudely by a dirty slide by Manny Machado. That was it. Just like that, the Sox have lost their longest tenured player. Just to clarify, there’s a difference between a dirty slide and a hard slide, this had nothing clean about it.
As bad as that was, the Sox had the day off on Monday, were postponed on Tuesday, and got back on schedule Wednesday. Pedroia, still not 100%, was not in line up against the Yankees in Boston. For all that happened, Pedey received a lot of blow back for something that wasn’t his fault. Pedroia didn’t throw the pitch, he was on the bench watching the game because he couldn’t play. He was doing his job by supporting his teammates. He even went so far as to defend Machado for doing what he did.
Pedroia is a class act and should be treated as such. Blaming him for anything to do with the pitch going behind Machado is just silly. At this point, we’re left hoping that he can return for Thursday night’s showdown against the Yankees. He missed the weekend games against the Orioles before the two day vacation. In all, he’s missed three games and a total of five days counting tonight. Pedey never was never placed on the DL hoping that the injury would heal itself quickly.
Pedroia was sent to get an MRI on Monday. With Pablo Sandoval also going on the DL now, the Sox have lost three of their four infielders to the DL for some period of time. Mitch Moreland remains the only healthy one. Marco Hernandez was called in to play for the injured Sox and has filled in perfectly. He’s done his job. At this point all we can do is hope that Pedroia comes back soon and comes back healthy.
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