Their disappointing trip West behind them, the Red Sox will limp back in to Fenway for a weekend series against the Yankees, and they may be without Dustin Pedroia.
The second baseman injured his right thumb on the road trip, and according to a Boston Globe report, the chances that he plays against New York are "not good."
Pedroia has missed time previously this season because of an injury to his thumb, but this most recent ailment is to a different part of his thumb, according to the team.
More to come . . .
The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad.
Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player.
After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery.
In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session.
Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.
Top Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada has left the Arizona Fall League because of a sprained left thumb he sustained in a game there last week.
Moncada will not participate in baseball activities for two weeks but the team said in a statement he is expected to be ready for spring training.
The switch-hitting Moncada, 21, had a slash line of .292/.370/.458, with a homer and three RBI, in six games for Surprise in the AFL.
The Cuban infielder, who signed with the Red Sox in February 2015, was called up in September but didn’t play after Sept. 12 following strikeouts in nine consecutive plate appearances.