Gonzalez takes 80 swings, faces live pitching

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Gonzalez takes 80 swings, faces live pitching

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Adrian Gonzalez continues to progress from the offseason surgery done on his right shoulder. On Friday afternoon, he took 80 total swings, five more than planned, including 10 off live pitching.

"If at any point I feel anything, I'm going to stop," he said. "But the fact that I didn't feel anything and head athletic trainer Mike Reinold was okay with me taking five more, that's a good sign."

Gonzalez had the surgery to clean up his right labrum in October after originally injuring it diving for a foul ball in May in Houston. He initially thought he would not be able to swing a bat for four to five months, which would have taken him to either the beginning of the spring training schedule or Opening Day.

He still has no timetable as to when he'll play in his first exhibition game.

"Like I've been saying all along, just take it one day at a time," he said. "See how it responds. See how it feels today, tomorrow, and make a decision from there as to how many swings I'm going to take. I was supposed to take a total of 75 or so today. I ended up taking 80. So I felt good out there. So we'll see how it responds tomorrow."

Gonzalez said he does not have a number in mind for his next milestone, but would like to repeat at 80 swings before advancing.

"I think I have to," he said. "I think . . . from the medical standpoint, I have to. Not that I want to or don't want to, just from a medical standpoint they want me to take this number or more. I don't know how much we'll build up to before I can play in a game. But they just want to see how it responds and build up 5 or 10 swings every day and see how it responds , see if it flairs up or if it doesn't.

"The main thing about the rehab is seeing how you come in the next day. It's not how you feel today, but it's how you're going to feel tomorrow that you're really worried about. Because they don't want me to go out there and play and come in the next day and be, like, I can't raise my arm."

Manager Terry Francona had said he was pleased with Gonzalez's progress, believing his new first baseman was ahead of schedule. Gonzalez, though, has a different perspective.

"Well, maybe that's what they thought, but, for me, I don't like to set deadlines," he said. "I don't like to . . . say, 'On this day, I have to get to here,' because then you're not going off of what I feel and I got to go off of what I feel . . . I don't want to push myself more than I have to. If I don't, maybe I can get somewhere earlier than I need to . . .

"But I'm not going to say I need to do this on a certain day."

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Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP