Pedroia scratched from Red Sox lineup

Pedroia scratched from Red Sox lineup
April 13, 2014, 4:45 pm
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NEW YORK -- Early-season injuries continue to pile up at an alarming rate for the slumping Red Sox.

On Sunday, some 30 minutes or so after his name first appeared in the Red Sox lineup in the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia was scratched from Sunday's series finale with the Yankees.

The injury dates back to last weekend's series with the Milwaukee Brewers and occured when the Brewers' Carlos Gomez slid into second on a takeout slide.

"He's had increased symptoms (since last weekend),'' said Farrell. "He went down to hit earlier (Sunday) and the soreness continues to exist and probably gain in intensity. He's going to be headed back to Boston to get a workup first thing (Monday) morning.''

Pedroia got off to a good start at the plate, but is currently in the middle of a 3-for-27 skid.

"I think there's probably a direct correlation (between the injury and) what we've seen at the plate,'' said Farrell. "There hasn't been an event that has brought this on further; it's been just everyday play. The soreness increases and it's got to be checked out.

"(But) until we have some results off of imaging of any kind, that's the best I can tell you.''

Assuming Pedroia needs some time on the DL, look for the Red Sox to recall infielder Brock Holt, who was with the club briefly last weekend before the Sox signed Ryan Roberts. Holt can play second, short and third base.

On Sunday night, Jonathan Herrera was the choice at second.

With Pedroia out Sunday night, Farrell had Grady Sizemore leading off and Xander Bogaerts hitting second.

"Just to give us a little bit of right-left balance throughout (the batting order),'' explained Farrell. "He's had very good at-bats in every game that he's played. At the minor league level, he's been a top-of-the-order type of hitter, so that's where we are today.''