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.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.