Blue Jays may sign one of Sox' coaches by Friday


Blue Jays may sign one of Sox' coaches by Friday

By Sean McAdam

The Toronto Blue Jays could decide on a new manager as soon as Friday, and multiple baseball sources expect the chocie to come down to one of two Red Sox coaches -- John Farrell or DeMarlo Hale.

The pair help make up the short list of finalists which includes Cleveland first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and current Toronto coach Brian Butterfield. Butterfield's inclusion among the finalists was first reported by

Farrell and Hale each interviewed three times with Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Farrell has been the Red Sox pitching coach since 2007 and had previously turned down offers to interview for managerial openings in Seattle and Pittsburgh.

Hale, who managed in the minors for both the Red Sox and Texas Rangers, has held multiple positions on Terry Francona's coaching staff since rejoining the Red Sox organization in 2006. This past season, Hale was the team's bench coach, replacing Brad Mills who was hired as manager of the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox are eager for a decision to be made, since the loss of either Hale or Farrell will require some reshuffling of their own staff.

If Hale is the choice, the Sox will likely move Tim Bogar -- who also interviewed with Toronto before being eliminated from consideration -- to bench coach and find a repalcement for him at third. Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo would be one possible candidate there. Ken Macha, another former Pawtucket manager who was recently let go as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, could be a candidate for the staff if he's not hired to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Should Farrell get the Blue Jays job, the Sox' options are less clear, but it's logical to assume that they would go outside the organization to find his replacement.

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UPDATE: Pedroia coming back to Boston for MRI after hurting wrist


UPDATE: Pedroia coming back to Boston for MRI after hurting wrist

CHICAGO — Sure, Dustin Pedroia could have gotten an MRI in Chicago. But the Red Sox don’t want any doubt.

With an injured left wrist, Pedroia is heading back to Boston for an 8:30 a.m. appointment Tuesday with Red Sox medical staff, setting up a hold-your-breath morning as the Sox wait to learn if Pedroia’s going to land on the disabled list. No roster move was made immediately after the Red Sox lost to the White Sox, 5-4.



For now, the Red Sox say Pedroia has a wrist sprain. X-Rays taken in Chicago were negative but the wrist was swollen.

Pedroia was hurt in the top of the first inning Monday on a weird play, when he was trying to leg out an infield hit and wound up tumbling over White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who slid into the bag feet first. 

Pedroia was hurt bracing himself as he went over Abreu.

“He feels he knows those guys, they know him well,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said of the decision to send Pedroia back to Boston. “We felt it would be more comfortable for him to do that. He wanted to do that, too. He knows those guys well. We could have gotten an MRI here and had people read it, but he just knows the people there so well. We figured he wanted to do that, so we said, 'Sure, we'll fly you there and get the MRI done there.”

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

“He's been dealing with the situation from the winter time, but he's played well,” Dombrowski said. “He's played almost every day. He's had to deal with a lot of things, which is very unfortunate, but he battles through it.”

On the play he was hurt, Pedroia hit a chopper to the right side, where Abreu fielded it and hesitated before moving to the bag — likely determining whether he was going to try to flip it to the pitcher. He kept it himself and went in feet first, putting him essentially on the bag as Pedroia arrived. Moving at full speed, Pedroia tumbled over Abreu, leading Pedroia to brace himself with his wrist.

“A real freakish play,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “We’ll hopefully have some mid-morning information.”

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.

Pedroia’s power has been down all year, with just a pair of home runs, but he still entered Monday hitting .294.


White Sox rally for 5-4 win, denying Price first victory of 2017


White Sox rally for 5-4 win, denying Price first victory of 2017

CHICAGO -- Red Sox lefty David Price had an uneven season debut while Melky Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, helping the Chicago White Sox rally past Boston 5-4 on Monday.

Price, who missed the first part of the year with a left elbow strain, threw 88 pitches in five innings. The former AL Cy Young Award winner gave up two hits, including Cabrera's three-run homer, walked two and hit two batters. He also struck out four.

Price was in line for the win before Kevan Smith hit an RBI double off Matt Barnes (3-2) in the seventh, tying it at 4-4. Cabrera had an RBI single with two outs.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia injured his wrist in the first inning and exited in the second. He was hurt trying to beat out a hit when first baseman Jose Abreu slid into the bag and Pedroia fell over him.

Juan Minaya (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning and David Robertson closed for his eighth save in nine chances.