Valentine: Pedroia 'looked good' after batting practice

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Valentine: Pedroia 'looked good' after batting practice

TORONTO Dustin Pedroia worked at second base during Red Sox batting practice Saturday in Toronto, then took a full turn in the cage.

He looked good, said manager Bobby Valentine. So, its not 30 days, thats for sure.

Pedroia has not appeared in game since leaving Mondays game after the fifth inning. He was diagnosed with a tear in his right thumb abductor muscle. Pedroia said the injury did not occur in Mondays game, but happened in an at-bat three weeks previously after getting jammed. It was exacerbated Monday when he was jammed in his last at-bat.

He took ground balls at second base for the first time Friday, and again Saturday.

Saturdays BP session was his first time hitting. Valentine, batting coach Dave Magadan, trainer Rick Jameyson, and Sox director of minor league operations Zach Scott, representing the team on the trip, were among those looking on, with bench coach Tim Bogar throwing BP.

Pedroia and Jameyson conferred after several of his batting practice rounds.

Pedroia used a thumb guard under his batting gloves to hit, but worked without a guard in the field.

Earlier in the day, Valentine said the decision whether or not to place Pedroia on the disabled list has still not been made. The team prefers to wait to see how he gets through this weekend and reevaluate.

Valentine said Pedroia will likely take BP again before Sundays series finale in Toronto, and Monday, too, I bet. The Sox have a scheduled off day Monday.

The Sox are 3-1 in Pedroias absence from the lineup.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.