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Farrell insists there are no issues with Uehara

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Farrell insists there are no issues with Uehara

BALTIMORE -- For an extended period, John Farrell met with closer Koji Uehara in the manager's office at Camden Yards.

But when the two emerged, Farrell insisted there were no issues with the veteran reliever.

"Koji's fine,'' said Farrell. "(It's) no different than with other guys - a chance to sit down and talk with. Just touching base after the three consecutive games he pitched (last Thursday through Saturday) and he came through it fine. It was more checking in to see how he came through the repeated use.''

Uehara was unavailable on Sunday when the Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overtake Oakland. The Sox so no need to pitch him four straight days, so Tommy Layne handled the ninth.

It was here in Baltimore, of course, that Uehara had a poor outing back on April 19, leading some to believe he might not pitch effectively in the closer's role.

But since then, Uehara has been remarkably consistent. In 17 games between trips to Baltimore, Uehara was 10-for-11 in save chances with a 1.84 ERA, allowing just eight hits in 14 2/3 innings.

After bloodied nose, Dustin Pedroia expected in Red Sox lineup Wednesday

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After bloodied nose, Dustin Pedroia expected in Red Sox lineup Wednesday

BALTIMORE — Dustin Pedroia is expected to return to the Red Sox lineup on Wednesday, manager John Farrell said. Not a bad turnaround time for someone who, on Monday, was holding his jersey to his face as he was bleeding.

Pedroia hit a foul ball that bounced off the plate and into his nose on Monday night. He did not go for further testing on Tuesday, which was a positive sign. A CAT scan would have been needed to see the full extent of the damage.

“He’s sore,” Farrell said. “I would think in an emergency only would we even consider putting him in a game [Tuesday]. But felt like after talking with him here and after he got checked out, felt like it was best to just hold him out a day. I would expect him to be back in the lineup tomorrow, but there was no further imaging here today. Didn’t feel like the follow-up with the medical staff warranted it. But he is sore, there’s no question.”

Farrell said the subject of Pedroia employing some sort of protective piece attached to his helmet or other type of guard going forward had not been broached. But, Farrell acknowledged that using such a thing likely wouldn’t be Pedroia’s style.

Other injury news: 

• Eduardo Nunez was slated to run the bases on Wednesday, but the way Farrell was talking on Tuesday, that may not happen.

• Hanley Ramirez pinch-hit on Monday but remained out of the lineup Tuesday because of right biceps inflammation. 

• Carson Smith is in consideration for the postseason roster, Farrell said.

• David Price declared himself available Monday, Farrell said, and Farrell left open the possibility he could pitch even Tuesday. But Farrell's preference was to give Price more rest after his two innings Sunday. 

Price going through ‘trial-and-error process’ physically

Price going through ‘trial-and-error process’ physically

BALTIMORE — David Price definitely preferred to start rather than pitch out of the bullpen, but in an interview with the Washington Post, the Red Sox’ temporarily converted reliever emphasized his overall desire to do something rather than nothing. 

“I’ll be able to help — maybe not as much as I would as a starter, I feel like, but that time of the season, I know how big that is, to have a guy who can [pitch in that role],” Price told the Post’s Dave Sheinin. “If we make it to October and I throw the ball extremely well coming out of the ‘pen, it doesn’t matter that I wasn’t a starter. I just want to help these guys win.”

Price looked excellent in a two-inning stint Sunday in Tampa Bay, using all four pitches and touching 96 mph on his fastball. But how Price feels physically still appears to be a touch-and-go matter.

He described his most recent injury to The Athletic as being mostly related to the triceps. Speaking to the Post, Price said he’s going through “a trial-and-error process.”

“I’ve always been a guy who hasn’t had [next-day] soreness,” he said. “I’ve never had problems with my arm. When I pitch, the next day, I feel like I can pitch that day. I’ve always told my managers that. When I see them the next day, I’m like, ‘I’m good.’ This is still a trial-and-error process, too. We don’t know how it’s going to respond, but when I woke up [Monday] morning I felt good.”

Price indicated he feels good about his ability to persevere.

“I’ve dealt with it. I’ve gotten through it,” Price said. “Most people would’ve been at the house months ago. I didn’t pack it in. Does it feel good? No. [But] I still pitched. If people don’t appreciate that, or can’t, so be it.”