Pedroia out Sunday with flu-like symptoms

Pedroia out Sunday with flu-like symptoms
August 17, 2014, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON - A foul ball off his back foot in Friday's game couldn't keep Dustin Pedroia off the field Saturday.

But flu-like symptoms will keep him off of it on Sunday. Pedroia is out of today's lineup, as Brock Holt takes over at second base.

"Felt it during the game last night," John Farrell said of Pedroia's sickness. "Overnight it worsened to the point where he can't go today at all."

Pedroia did make the trip into Fenway this morning. He was seen by doctors and given the necessary antibiotics. He was also seen in the team's clubhouse at his locker grabbing some things before he walked out.

"Hopefully this is a short-lived situation," Farrell said.

It certainly won't be his favorite birthday as Pedroia turns 31 today. In seven games on his birthday, Pedroia has hit three home tuns (2007, 2008, 2012). Only Nomar Garciaparra has more home runs on his birthday (four) while Ted Williams and Troy O'Leary have also hit three.

Pedroia isn't the only Sox mainstay out of the lineup. Mike Napoli gets a day off, but not due to any injuries.

"He's responded well to a day off inside a five-, six-day stretch and that's part of the rotation here today," Farrell said.

The Red Sox lineup looks a little bit different than usual, so take a look:

Holt, 2B
Nava, RF
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Johnson, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bradley, Jr. CF
Butler, C