Notes: Pedroia's shin injury not serious

Notes: Pedroia's shin injury not serious
August 17, 2013, 10:30 pm
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BOSTON — As good as Dustin Pedroia was in the field on Saturday, he was just as bad at the plate.

To make matters worse, in his last at-bat - a strikeout - he added injury to insult.

Pedroia fouled a ball off his left shin, immediately bending over in pain. He didn't return to play the top of the 9th for Boston, and after the game, manager John Farrell addressed the issue. The good news is that it doesn't appear to be too serious.

"He's sore. The foul ball got him just above the ankle on the shin, and we'll check him in the morning," Farrell said. "But at this point we don't anticipate him missing any time."

Pedroia recently signed a seven-year, $100 million extension with the Red Sox in July, and is hitting .292 with eight home runs and 69 RBI this season. He's one of the best defensive second basemen in the game, and a proven clubhouse leader. His teammates know how important he is to the success of the team.

"He's huge, I mean come on what do you think I'm going to say? He's Dustin Pedroia," said Daniel Nava. "He obviously got a huge contract for a reason. Not just offensively, but defensively. You saw what he did today - he made a lot of great stops. Works the counts. There's so many things that he does. Who wouldn't want to have him in the lineup and would want to lose him?"

But Farrell seemed optimistic that Pedroia would be fine. If something changes overnight, they won't hesitate to sit him.

"He had a Fluoroscan done here at the ballpark which was negative," Farrell said. "So now everything points to being a negative situation. If he comes in tomorrow with any increased soreness, we'll take every precaution needed."

The Red Sox don't play until tomorrow night, so Pedroia will have 24 hours to see how it feels. He's missed just one game all season for the Sox.

"I think he'll be fine," Stephen Drew said. "Get him out of there when we're ahead and kind of let that ankle rest up and see how he is tomorrow. Everybody knows he's a tough guy and hopefully he'll be in there tomorrow."

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Clay Buchholz had another solid bullpen session for the Red Sox and will pitch to live batters on Wednesday with the team in San Francisco.

Buchholz has felt improvement in each of his bullpen sessions since meeting with Dr. James Andrews.

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Shane Victorino was taken out of Friday night's game for precautionary reasons, and wasn't scheduled to play for the Sox on Saturday.

He was inserted into the lineup late because Mike Napoli couldn't play due to a foot injury.

Butt Victorino insisted that he was fine after the game, and that there's nothing to be concerned about with the hamstring.

"Good, brother. Nothing [to worry about]," he said. "It's just part of the game sometimes. But yeah, I feel good."

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Daniel Nava's hot season continued for the Sox on Saturday.

Nava crushed two doubles off the Green Monster, and added a walk to the mix as well. After multiple extra-base hits yesterday, it's the first time in his career he's had back-to-back multiple base hit games.

And he's heated up as the summer goes on. Nava is batting .407 with 5 doubles in 10 games since the start of August, and has reached base in a career-high 29 straight starts since June 22, the longest single-season steak as a Sox starter since Dustin Pedroia's 37 starts in 2011.