Notes: Reddick (hand), Lowrie (shoulder) out

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Notes: Reddick (hand), Lowrie (shoulder) out

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- A day after setting career high in hits, times on base, and runs scored, Josh Reddick is out of the starting lineup for the finale of the series against the Rangers at Fenway Park. Reddick, who was was hit on the hand in his final plate appearance last night, had an ice pack on his hand this morning.

Redds pretty sore, manager Terry Francona said. Structurally hes fine. He just got a pretty good bruise. I think what well do is well certainly stay away from him today, let him concentrate on the ice and whatever they want to do in there as opposed to trying to pick up a bat and come back a day too early. The hope would be that we could get him some treatment today, calm that thing down and maybe have him available tomorrow.

Jed Lowrie is also out of the starting lineup. He left Saturdays game with tightness in his left shoulder.

Jeds doing OK, Francona said. Hes actually doing pretty well. I think . . . it was certainly more precautionary. We just wanted to nip something before it got worse and I think we did that. Because of our situations at times weve played guys . . . Kevin Youkilis wasnt available and was on the DL so sometimes you just dont want to go too far with guys.

Red Sox pitchers entered the game leading the majors with 72 hit batters. John Lackey, who leads all pitchers in that category, extended his lead to 18 hit batters when he hit Josh Hamilton with two outs in the first inning Sunday.

Its probably an indication of a couple of things," Francona said. One is you need to pitch in aggressively or these big, strong guys are going to kill you. And then there are probably times when weve had guys that havent commanded. Like Kyle Weilands game his major league debut when he hit two batters. Theres days like that too where you get a young kid that whacks somebody because hes probably nervous. But I do know we feel the need to pitch in and pitch in aggressively or you get beat up too much.

Alfredo Aceves is also among the leaders, entering Sundays game with 11 hit batters 90 13 innings (compared to Lackeys 136 13).

Ryan Lavarnway will join the Red Sox in Toronto Monday. Triple-A Pawtucket claimed the International League North title Saturday and will wrap up the regular season Monday. Playoffs begin Wednesday. While the big league team is aware of Pawtuckets status, the fortune of the big league team trumps that.

I think we have to be realistic, Francona said. What we do here is more important. Its not taking away from what theyre doing. I just think there's a way to do it where we dont have to have mass call-ups where it really doesnt help us. We can let them finish their season out and if we need somebody we can always go get them. It just seems like it makes sense. We could call up seven guys and have them sit here or you could let them play there and get regular innings and regular at-bats. Then if we need them well call them up.

"Plus the fact that since thats the case, these guys have worked hard. They should get to enjoy the playoff experience. Again, we wouldnt sacrifice a game here for that but wed like to see them play and have a chance to win.

And, having the playoff experience is a vital part of player development.

I think its good, Francona said. I think its real good actually. The young kids that come up together they have that feeling of . . . I dont know if its family, but that togetherness that you only have with guys you come up through the minor leagues with. So I think thats true. In player development you never sacrifice the development for winning but when theyre able to win, I think its really good for them.

Francona was asked about some of the newer metrics designed to measure defensive ability and efficiency. Hes not a big fan.

To be honest with you, these ratings, and theres a few different ones, he said. Some confuse me. I know theyre trying to be able to evaluate defense without just looking with the naked eye. Even the UZR rating, you look at some of these ratings, its a little suspect so I dont know. I dont think its a problem when you see your guys every day. We know what they can do and what they can't do. I think what it helps is when you see a guy three or four times a year.

With or without the metrics, hes satisfied with his teams defense.

I think out outfield has been pretty athletic, which is good, he said. Jacoby being healthy and feeling good about himself has been huge. Carl in left field, hes good and whoever weve had in right, whether its J.D. or Reddick or Mac has been pretty solid. Gonzies a really good first baseman. Pedeys as good as you're ever going to find. Scoot is a guy who, when hes out there, makes the average play, which is what you need. And Youk going to third has been huge for us because he can go to third. And the fact that hes been a first baseman and has the ability to go to third is huge. Our catchers have done terrific. Take away the first two weeks of the season, Saltys been one of the better throwers.

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Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."

Hanley Ramirez's shoulder already a concern for Red Sox heading into WBC

Hanley Ramirez's shoulder already a concern for Red Sox heading into WBC

Another year, another injury concern for Hanley Ramirez. This time, though, it's a bit more complicated.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told the media Monday that Ramirez hadn't played any first base during spring training yet due to discomfort in his right throwing shoulder.

“Well, we’re working through ramping up his throwing program,” Farrell said, via WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. “That has taken a little bit more time than anticipated coming in so we’ve got to kind of take that day to day how much we can increase the intensity with the throwing. He’s just working through some soreness with the throwing.”

As Bradford points out, Ramirez and the Red Sox went through the same process last year. Where it differs this time around is Ramirez's scheduled participation in the World Baseball Classic: He's expected to report to Team Domincan Republic on Friday, which means the Red Sox won't be monitoring his every move on the field (though the two training staffs will be communicating daily, also per Bradford).

Ramirez isn't the only first baseman on the roster, with the Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana there as well. So will Ramirez be jumping into game action anytime soon?

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. They haven’t told me anything,” Ramirez told WEEI.com “I’m just going to go there and see.”