Red Sox notes: Good news for Pedroia and Uehara

Red Sox notes: Good news for Pedroia and Uehara
April 16, 2014, 7:15 pm
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CHICAGO -- The news was better for both Dustin Pedroia and Koji Uehara as each continued to bounce back from weekend health scares that had the Red Sox worried about their availability.

Pedroia, who is suffering from inflammation of the left wrist, got into Tuesday's game in the ninth inning, entering as a pinch-runner for Mike Napoli at second, then taking his position in the bottom of the inning.

Pedroia was in the starting lineup Wednesday and was in the leadoff position.

"It's fine,'' he said of his wrist.I got the (cortisone) shot to calm everything down. It feels good today. I have to limit my swings in the cage and things like that, but once the game starts, it's normal.''

Meanwhile, Uehara experienced forward progress, too. He hasn't pitched since the first game of the road trip. The next day, he felt some shoulder stiffness and the Sox sent him back to Boston for an exam.

"Good work today,'' said Farrell of Uehara's prep. "Normal long toss (on) flat ground and a 34-pitch pen. He felt good coming out of physically and with each throwing session, he gains confidence in how he feels, so we would expect him to be available (Thursday) night.''

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Farrell said he wasn't worried how rookie Xander Bogaerts would react to his ninth-inning error Tuesday night, which led directly to the team's loss.

"For a young player,'' said Farrell, "he's extremely accountable and takes full responsibility and certainly he wants to do better and has done better. But there's no concern over his reaction or how he's going to handle this. We have utmost confidence in him.

"Along the way with young players, there's going to be some ups and downs. But his work, his preparation and his talents are everything we can hope for.''
Bogaerts took full responsibility for the error after the game Tuesday.

"That's not surprising,'' said Farrell, "with the way he's handled situations that he's been put in, whether last year or anything this year.

Like I said, he's mature and he's very accountable for what takes place.''

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The Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League saw their game postponed Wednesday, meaning there was no rehab opportunity for outfielder Shane Victorino.

The team is off Thursday, meaning the earliest Victorino can begin his rehab assignment is Friday or Saturday.

The consensus is that that he'll need two or three games before the Sox are ready to activate him.

Farrell said it the SOx hadn't made a definitive decision on where Victorino will play this weekend, "but we'll probably go with Pawtucket at this point.''

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Farrell confirmed that he was fined by Major League Baseball for his comments about the new replay system after Sunday's game in New York.

A baseball source said the fine was $2,500.

"My comments were based on what we experienced in New York,'' said Farrell. "What I do know is that with anything that is new and as substantial as this system, you would think there's going to be some adjustments as we live it. I'm sure there's a lot that being discussed.''

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