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"They told me I needed another day," Pedroia said Friday morning. "It's spring training. If this was the season and [manager Terry Francona] didn't play me, it's going to get ugly. I'm fine. He's just giving me an extra day. It's no big deal."
Pedroia, who said he would be back in the lineup Saturday, sprained the wrist on Tuesday night in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins, landing awkwardly after making a diving stop. He finished the inning but was then removed from the game. X-rays were negative.
"He's fine," Francona said Friday. "I just thought that, with a week to go, it just didn't make sense to me. I'd rather him being a little bit antsy and wanting to play. Again, especially today, we're sitting in a meeting [with the players association] and not out in the field [for pre-game work], I just didn't think that made any sense. He may not want to own up to it, but I think he probably agrees."
Pedroia took batting practice and participated in infield drills on Thursday and was expected to play Friday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays before the team decided to give him an extra day.
"It's not injury-related. I got benched," Pedroia joked. "I told Tito he looked like Corrado Soprano, and he benched me."
Francona on Pedroia's comment: "I've never watched the Sopranos. I can't imagine that's complimentary."
Mike Lowell, meanwhile, is scheduled to play third base Friday for the second time this spring.
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots and dabbles in the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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