Notes: Pedroia to receive treatment Monday

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Notes: Pedroia to receive treatment Monday

TORONTO Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again on Sunday, the sixth straight game he has missed because of a tear in the abductor muscle in his right thumb.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Pedroia is expected to get treatment on the injury Monday, a scheduled off-day, and he may also do some work at Fenway Park.

Hell probably do something tomorrow, Valentine said. Hell definitely get a treatment. I dont know, Ill bet he swings a little somewhere.

Asked if there would be a meeting tomorrow to discuss Pedroias health, Valentine replied:

I hoped tomorrow would be an off-day personally, but well probably talk about it tomorrow.

After Saturdays win over the Blue Jays, Valentine said he was ready to put Pedroia into the game when it appeared shortstop Mike Aviles was injured, indicating Pedroia could be close to a return.

When Mike got hit he was ready to go out and field, Valentine said Sunday morning. I wasnt really hesitant, so well see.

The Red Sox are 5-1 in Pedroias absence.

After each of the last two games, Valentine had said he would consider giving Daniel Nava a day off the following day. But each day Nava has been in the starting lineup, as he is Sunday, playing left field, batting second.

Im going to give him tomorrow off, Valentine said, Sunday morning, of Mondays scheduled off day.

I looked at him in the training room. Hes young and strong, feeling good, resting. I think the last thing he needs is two days away from making good contact.

Nava, batting .315, has a six-game hitting streak, in which he is 9-for-24 (.375). He has reached base safely in 21 of his 23 games since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 10.

Outfielder Darnell McDonald, on the disabled list since May 12 with a right oblique strain, went a combined 3-for-8 with two runs scored, two doubles and an RBI in a doubleheader Saturday in Lehigh Valley while on a rehab assignment with the PawSox. He has played five games with Pawtucket on his rehab and is expected to play today.

Outfielder Ryan Kalish continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland Saturday, in the first game of a doubleheader in Altoona. He went 0-for-2 with two walks.

Outfielder Cody Ross, on the DL since May 19 with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, is eligible to be activated today. He is expected to be reexamined when the team returns to Boston.

Ross has yet to do any baseball-related activities that would put stress on his foot.

He seems to be OK, Valentine said. I havent seen him do anything stressful . . . So, I think there has to be a diagnosis and determination from the medical staff and then we can start talking about baseball.

Valentine said there has been nothing significant in Jacoby Ellsbury's recovery from right shoulder subluxation. But, Ellsbury is progressing.

So every step is significant, because its all in the right direction, Valentine said.

Mark Prior made his first appearance of the season Saturday. Pitching one scoreless inning for the PawSox against Lehigh Valley, he gave up one walk with one strikeout. Prior, the Cubs first-round pick (second overall) in the 2001 draft, has not appeared in the major leagues since 2006.

David Ortiz re-enacts Boston movie scenes as part of charity video

David Ortiz re-enacts Boston movie scenes as part of charity video

As part of a charity promotion with Omaze, David Ortiz has made a video re-enacting scenes from Boston-set movies. 

The movies range from a classic -- "Good Will Hunting" -- to very good crime movies -- "The Departed, The Town" — to the just plain bad "Fever Pitch," but all of the scenes are entertaining. Ortiz plays every part in each scene, often playing to characters interacting with one another. 

At the end of the video, a link is given to Omaze.com/papi, which gives fans the opportunity to enter a drawing to attend his jersey retirement ceremony by donating. Proceeds go to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund and the Red Sox Foundation. 

The David Ortiz Children Fund aims to help children in New England and the Dominican Republic who are born with congenital heart failure. 
 

Drellich: When will Red Sox players hold themselves accountable?

Drellich: When will Red Sox players hold themselves accountable?

BOSTON -- Whether John Farrell is managing the Red Sox next week or next month, keep an eye on player accountability.

Five years ago, Bobby Valentine was supposed to be the disciplinarian that stopped babying the clubhouse. Disaster followed, largely because Valentine was a terrible fit for this group, his approach extreme and dated.

But this year’s team makes you wonder whether a distilled sense of Red Sox entitlement lingers.

At Fenway Park, is the message from the veteran voices one that includes a sense of public accountability for not just the manager, but the players as well?

In FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal’s piece on Farrell, Rosenthal noted “some players, but not all, believe that [Farrell] does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media.”

Those unnamed players Rosenthal cites need a mirror, badly. Or at least a glance around the room.

Where’s the guy in the clubhouse standing up to the media with any consistency? There’s no voice that regularly shields the younger, less experienced guys from tough but expected questions after losses.

Dustin Pedroia gets dressed and leaves the clubhouse faster than Chris Sale will get the ball back and throw it Wednesday. 

Pedroia mentioned something about whale poop in Oakland over the weekend. He can be very funny, but he’s not exactly keen to deliver calming, state-of-the-union addresses — not with frequency, anyway.

Farrell, of course, has been criticized for doing the opposite of what the FOX Sports story noted. The manager was mobbed on social media last year for saying David Price had good stuff on a day Price himself said the opposite.

The premise here is amusing, if you think about it.

Follow: Players are upset that the manager does not do a better job lying about their performance. And this, in turn, affects how players play?

Get a grip.

The public isn’t dumb. If you’re bad, you’re bad, and you’re going to hear about it in Boston. No manager changes that.

Whichever Sox player seeks more protection from Farrell really needs a reminder from a teammate to play better.

Too often, some of the most famous, prominent athletes can be sensitive, and over-sensitive. Look at how LeBron James handled a question about what led to his poor performance in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It is true that some players question Farrell’s leadership, as Rosenthal reported. But it can also be difficult to separate questions of leadership from whining and grumbling that a manager isn’t providing said player more chances, more opportunities, even if undeserved.

How can Drew Pomeranz's unfounded dugout complaints be Farrell's fault?

The situation and player that make Farrell look the worst this year is Hanley Ramirez. The idea of him playing first base is gone, his shoulders apparently too screwed up to make that viable. 

Somehow, Ramirez made 133 starts at first base last year. One has to wonder how all of a sudden Ramirez can barely play a single game. 

If he’s hurt, he’s hurt. But the Sox didn’t come out of the gate in spring training and say, first base is out of the picture because of his health. They kept saying there was hope he'd be able to play in the field.

If Ramirez is being obstinate, he’s in turn making Farrell look weak. And, more importantly, hurting his team.

What would Ramirez be doing if David Ortiz hadn't retired? Spending the year on the disabled list?

Farrell can pack up his bags today, tomorrow or after the next full moon. The players would still need to take it upon themselves to do what’s best for their team: to focus on what matters.

If they’ve forgotten, that’s about performing up to their abilities and being accountable for themselves -- publicly and privately -- when they don’t.

A manager’s quote in the media doesn’t change whether you’re playing bad baseball.