Pedroia leaves game; Sox taking wait-and-see approach

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Pedroia leaves game; Sox taking wait-and-see approach

BOSTON Dustin Pedroia left Tuesday nights game against the Marlins at the start of the eighth inning, replaced by Nick Punto.

Well, its early for a complete update of course, manager Bobby Valentine said after the game, a 7-5 Red Sox win.

Valentine talked to Pedroia during the game but did not have time immediately after the game to get an update from the second baseman. Valentine said general manager Ben Cherington filled him in. Pedroia was not available to talk to the media after the game.

Pedroia missed six games after leaving the May 28 game against the Tigers in the fifth inning whit what was later diagnosed as a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb. He left Tuesdays game after fouling out to Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez for the second out in the seventh.

He was more fearful than he was injured, Valentine said. The ball was an inside pitch that pushed the bat back in his hand the way that he didn't want it to be pushed back. It was about 95 miles an hour and he thought it might be a reoccurrence. Well see how he is tomorrow.

Asked what, if any, tests Pedroia would undergo on Wednesday, Valentine replied:

Ben talked to the trainers and to Dustin during the game. So Im not sure what the procedures are from here.

Pedroia laid down a sacrifice bunt in his previous plate appearance, sending Mike Aviles, who would later score the go-ahead run, to third in the fifth.

I dont know if it was bothering him earlier in the game and thats why he bunted but it wasnt brought to my attention until right at the end, Valentine said.

After sitting out the six games, Pedroia returned to the lineup June 5. But in the 13 games since is batting just .170 (9-for-53) with three doubles, five runs scored, five RBI, five walks and 10 strikeouts. That includes going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored along with the sacrifice bunt in Tuesdays game. Pedroias average has dropped from .295 to .269 in that span.

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

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."