Crawford to return to Red Sox Monday

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Crawford to return to Red Sox Monday

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Carl Crawford will be activated Monday when the Sox begin a three-game series in Baltimore. Crawford has missed a month with a hamstring pull suffered June 17.

Crawford had a two-game rehab assignment at McCoy Stadium over the weekend, managing one single and a walk in six plate appearances with the PawSox.

"He didn't swing the bat great (in the two games)," said Terry Francona, "but he's healthy, which is perfect. He got some at-bats out of the way. The timing at the plate, hopefully it will come quick. But he'll be ready to go tomorrow. There are no (physical) issues, so that's great."

The Sox are hopeful that Crawford will use his return as a fresh beginning to what has been a disappointing start to his career in Boston. His batting average didn't get over .200 until May, and although Crawford has had a handful of walk-off hits, he hasn't had nearly the impact he was projected to have when he signed a seven-year, 142 million deal with the Sox last December.

He was batting .243.275.384 with six homers, eight steals and 31 RBI before landing on the disabled list in mid-June.

"His batting average might be lower than we're used to," said Francona, "but if he comes back for the last couple of months and is that kind of terror who causes havoc, what a lift that would give us. I thought he had shown flashes of that. I don't think he had ever gotten hot like he can."

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

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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.

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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

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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.