Notes: Pedroia out of Sox lineup for first time

Notes: Pedroia out of Sox lineup for first time
June 16, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Dustin Pedroia was named the top defensive player in the American League.

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BALTIMORE -- Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup for the first time this season, with Jose Iglesias taking over at second base and hitting second.

The off-day Monday gives Pedroia two days off in a row.

"I think he's the only guy in the big leagues who's played every game," John Farrell said of Pedroia. "It's starting to catch up to him a little bit. He needed the day.''

Pedroia has been slumping some at the plate, showing signs that he could use a day. In his last seven games, Pedroia is just 5-for-28 (.179). He also committed his first error of the season Saturday.

Iglesias took some ground balls at second in early work in Tampa last week and has been working with both Pedroia and infield instructor Brian Butterfield on turning the double play at second. Iglesias had never played second in his pro career until Sunday.

  • Mike Napoli was back in Boston and was due to have more tests performed by some specialists.

Napoli was examined Saturday and deemed to be suffering from "general illness."

"We're not contemplating a DL situation yet," said Farrell, "and we're hopeful that he'll back with us on Tuesday. Today will begin to give us more insight."