Dustin Pedroia gets night off
Even before he tweaked his left leg and left Monday night's 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning, Pedroia was told by Boston's manager that he would be getting a well-deserved night off.
More On The Red Sox
Gordon Edes and the rest of the ESPNBoston.com team have the Red Sox covered for you. Blog
"He showed up pretty early, came to the park to get some treatment on it," Francona said. "He's just a little sore. I think he's a little relieved, too, as we all are."
Pedroia slipped in the rain, felt a sharp pain in his left leg, and left the game. Afterwards, he said he wasn't concerned that he had done any damage to his left leg, which had a screw inserted during surgery last September. He said the problem Monday was a nerve that gave him a stinger similar to what football players encounter.
Pedroia was limited to 75 games a year ago after fracturing a bone in his foot in June. He played in 46 of Boston's first 47 games this year, and while he's been struggling at the plate of late, he's been steady as usual in the field.
The sure-handed second baseman wasn't out of Monday night's game for five minutes before his defensive presence was missed. Pedroia's replacement, Drew Sutton, could not quite reach a ball hit to his left by Cleveland's Jack Hannahan that went for a single. The hit sparked the Indians' winning two-run rally.
"Nothing against Sutton, but [Pedroia] gets that ball," Francona said.
Francona marveled at Pedroia's work ethic even when not in the lineup. He noted that the veteran has been diligent about taking care of himself all season in an effort to stay strong.
"He's like a champ," he said. "It's what he does. He's not a big training room guy, but he's been in there every day, doing what he needs to do to get ready."
Chuck Murr is a contributor for ESPNBoston.com.
- Passing The Torch
- The C's finally got the best of old pal Paul Pierce, who showed Rondo some love.
- Crimson Flourish
- Harvard beat Yale to lock up a fourth straight Ivy title and third straight NCAA berth.
- Kind Of A Big Deal
- What if New England can't rework the final year of Vince Wilfork's contract?
- Just Getting Started
- Will Middlebrooks remains confident he can become a premier two-way player.
- Above And Beyond
- Did Julian Edelman play himself out of a future with the Patriots?
- Majestic Men's Replica Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia #15 Alternate Navy Jersey
MORE MLB HEADLINES