Red Sox notes: Pedroia, Ross, Dice-K, Prior

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Red Sox notes: Pedroia, Ross, Dice-K, Prior

TORONTO Second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Mondays game after the fifth inning with a jammed right thumb and has not played since. For the first time since then, Pedroia took groundballs at second base before the start of Fridays game against the Blue Jays. Pedroia wore a modified splint on his right hand.

Before Pedroia went out to the field, manager Bobby Valentine said there was no timetable for Pedroias return to the lineup.

Just want to let nature takes its time, Valentine said.

While Pedroias on-field activities could be considered progress, it remains to be seen how his thumb responds to the work.

Outfielder Cody Ross, on the disabled list retroactive to May 19 with a fracture in his left navicular bone, will have his foot reexamined upon the teams return to Boston after the three-game series in Toronto.

He is eligible to be activated Sunday. Valentine said when Ross is activated he will probably need some rehab games.

Daisuke Matsuzaka took the loss Thursday as Triple-A Pawtucket fell to Norfolk, 2-0, Thursday. Matsuzaka went 5 13 innings, giving up a run on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The lone run came on Lew Fords first-inning home run.

Still, Valentine said the reports on Matsuzaka were favorable.

Reports were much better, valentine said. First-inning home run, up to 94 mph, sat at 91, changeup, worked quick with men on base.

Matsuzaka will stay with the PawSox as they travel for a four-game series to Lehigh Valley to do his side work. He is scheduled to make his next rehab start Tuesday, when the team returns to McCoy Stadium to host Indianapolis.

Outfielder Darnell McDonald, on the DL retroactive to May 12 with a right oblique strain, has resumed his rehab assignment with Pawtucket. He is expected to play with the PawSox through the weekend, Valentine said.

Right-hander Mark Prior has joined the PawSox. Valentine said Prior, who has yet to make an appearance in a game after working out at the organizations training complex in Fort Myers, would work strictly out of the bullpen.

Hes made constant progress, Valentine said. People have liked his attitude and throwing ability.

Prior, who will be 32 in September, has not appeared in the major leagues since 2006 with the Cubs. He was the Cubs' first-round pick (second overall behind the Twins' Joe Mauer) in 2001.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot