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.

MLB may make rule changes for '18 season

MLB may make rule changes for '18 season

PHOENIX - Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher's mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017. Under baseball's collective bargaining agreement, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union - unless it gives one year notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.

"Unfortunately it now appears that there really won't be any meaningful change for the 2017 season due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA," Manfred said Tuesday during a news conference. "I've tried to be clear that our game is fundamentally sound, that it does not need to be fixed as some people have suggested, and I think last season was the kind of demonstration of the potential of our league to captivate the nation and of the game's unique place in American culture."

Yet, he also added: "I believe it's a mistake to stick our head in the sand and ignore the fact that our game has changed and continues to change."

Manfred said while he prefers an agreement, "I'm also not willing to walk away." He said he will send a letter to the union in the coming days and plans to continue dialogue with Clark and others in hopes of reaching agreement.

Clark met with Cactus League teams last week, five at a time over Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before departing Monday for Florida to visit each Grapefruit League club - and proposed rules changes were a topic.

"I have great respect for the labor relations process, and I have a pretty good track record for getting things done with the MLBPA," Manfred said. "I have to admit, however, that I am disappointed that we could not even get the MLBPA to agree to modest rule changes like limits on trips to the mound that have little effect on the competitive character of the game."

Clark saw talks differently.

"Unless your definition of `cooperation' is blanket approval, I don't agree that we've failed to cooperate with the commissioner's office on these issues," he wrote in an email to The Associated Press. "Two years ago we negotiated pace of play protocols that had an immediate and positive impact. Last year we took a step backward in some ways, and this offseason we've been in regular contact with MLB and with our members to get a better handle on why that happened. I would be surprised if those discussions with MLB don't continue, notwithstanding today's comments about implementation. As I've said, fundamental changes to the game are going to be an uphill battle, but the lines of communication should remain open."

Clark added "my understanding is that MLB wants to continue with the replay changes (2-minute limit) and the no-pitch intentional walks and the pace of game warning/fine adjustments."

Manfred said he didn't want to share specifics of his priorities for alterations.

"There's a variety of changes that can be undertaken," Manfred said. "I'm committed to the idea that we have a set of proposals out there and we continue to discuss those proposals in private."

MLB has studied whether to restore the lower edge of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level - at the top of the kneecap. Management would like to install 20-second pitch clocks in an attempt to speed the pace of play - they have been used at Triple-A and Double-A for the past two seasons.

Players also have been against limiting mound meetings. The least controversial change appears to be allowing a team to call for an intentional walk without the pitcher having to throw pitches. In addition, MLB likely can alter some video review rules without the union's agreement- such as shortening the time a manager has to call for a review.

"Most of this stuff that they were talking about I don't think it would have been a major adjustment for us," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Manfred said starting runners on second base in extra innings sounds unlikely to be implemented in the majors. The change will be experimented with during the World Baseball Classic and perhaps at some short-season Class A leagues. Manfred said it was a special-purpose rule "beneficial in developmental leagues."

Manfred also said Tuesday that a renovated Wrigley Field would be a great choice to host an All-Star Game and Las Vegas could be a "viable market for us."

"I don't think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city," Manfred said.

Massarotti: '0% chance Ortiz comes out of retirement'

Massarotti: '0% chance Ortiz comes out of retirement'

Tony Massarotti in the Cumberland Farms lounge believes there is 0% chance David Ortiz comes out of retirement.