NEW YORK -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be returning to Boston for an examination of his sore left wrist, manager John Farrell said Sunday.
Pedroia was in the original starting lineup for Sunday night’s game against the New York Yankees, but was scratched about four hours before first pitch and replaced by Jonathan Herrera at second base. According to Farrell, Pedroia originally was injured last weekend during the Milwaukee series on a play at second base involving Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, and the pain has increasingly worsened.
Pedroia is one of three Red Sox players scheduled to be examined Monday in Boston. Also scheduled to fly back were closer Koji Uehara and outfielder Shane Victorino. Uehara, who reported some stiffness in the back of his right shoulder and missed the last two games, conducted his usual long-toss session Sunday and felt better than expected, Farrell said. Assuming his exam goes well, Farrell said he expects Uehara to rejoin the team Tuesday in Chicago for the start of a three-game series against the White Sox.
Victorino, who has been on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, did some running again Sunday and is expected go out on a rehab assignment on Tuesday in Portland, provided he checks out OK in his exam, Farrell said.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who is on the DL with a strained right calf, will accompany the team to Chicago and continue rehabbing his injury there, Farrell said. Middlebrooks is eligible to come off the DL next Sunday, when the Sox face the Baltimore Orioles in Fenway Park.
The injury to Pedroia now looms as potentially the most worrisome, given Pedroia’s aversion to missing time due to an injury. Last season, he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb in the first game of the season, but postponed surgery until November and played 160 games, including the team’s first 70. He admitted to the injury only weeks after he hurt the thumb, confirming a published report.
Pedroia had surgery on his left wrist after the 2007 season to repair a fractured hamate bone, an injury with which he played for at least the season’s last two months. He also sprained the wrist making a diving catch in spring training, but was out just a couple of days.
After a fast start, Pedroia is batting just .139 (5-for-36) in his last eight games, Farrell saying his slump is directly related to his injury.
“He’s had increased symptoms of soreness in his left wrist,’’ Farrell said. “He went down to hit today and the soreness continues to persist, and probably gained in intensity.
“I think there’s probably a direct correlation to what we’ve seen at the plate. There hasn’t been an event the past couple of days that’s brought this onset further; it’s just everyday play. The soreness increases, it’s got to be checked out. Until we have some results or imaging of any kind, that’s the best I can tell you right now.’’