In favor of Disabled Dustin

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In favor of Disabled Dustin

I don't know who we have to thank for Dustin Pedroia's upcoming stay on the disabled list. I don't know who we have to blame for it taking so long in the first place. But I'll unashamedly thank God Shamgod for finally making it happen.

Maybe it's screwed up to celebrate one of your best players making a trip to the DL, but this was a long time coming with Pedroia. We all commend his effort. We all respect his willingness to play through all sorts of pain. We all wish there was an entire team of guys who loved the game as much as the Sox de facto Captain. (Sorry, Papi. Please don't get angry).

That being said, it's enough with the thumb. He should have gone on the DL when he injured it originally. He should have gone on the DL when he re-aggravated it a few weeks later. Yeah, I know. The Sox said that the re-aggravation was unrelated, that it was more of just a scare. Just like they claim that the latest incident had nothing to do with the original injury; that this time it was a different part of his thumb.

Right. So you're saying Pedroia has three separate, unrelated injuries on one thumb?

That's ridiculous. No one believes that.

But fortunately, the Sox have come to their senses and realized one or all three of the following things . . .

1. The thumb isn't getting better.

2. It's utterly pointless to let Pedroia have a say in whether he's healthy enough to play. You might as well save your breath and put him in the line-up.

3. Injured Dustin Pedroia isn't as good as healthy Dustin Pedroia. In other words, it hurts a lot more to take the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP out of the lineup than it does to lose a guy who's hitting .210 with a .282 OBP in the 26 games since he got hurt.

. . . because they're finally sending Pedroia to the DL. And obviously, that sucks. You hate losing him in the line-up, on the field and in the clubhouse especially for this Yankees series but there's no other choice. You either keep him around, and let the thumb haunt the rest of his season, or give some rest so he's ready for the long haul.

By acting now, the Sox can put Pedroia on the DL retroactive to Wednesday, which means he'd be eligible to come back on July 19. Factoring in the conveniently timed All-Star break, and that's only nine more games without their starting second baseman. Not ideal, but if that's what it takes to rescue Pedroia from mediocrity, then it's well worth it.

If he comes back and the thumb's still a pain in the ass? Well, then at least you tried. At least you don't have to listen to assholes like me spew out medical advice from a desk he found on the side of the road.

So, that's that. It looks like Dustin Pedroia is heading to the DL. You hate to see it happen, but you know it had to. Even if it was a month too late.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

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Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.

The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.

Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack. 

The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)

Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.

A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.

Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.

An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.