Sources: Knee surgery 'unlikely' for Pedroia

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Sources: Knee surgery 'unlikely' for Pedroia

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

NEW YORK -- Dustin Pedroia will return to Boston Thursday morning to have his ailing right knee examined, though the likelihood that Pedroia needs arthroscopic surgery which would sideline him for a month is small, according to sources.

Pedroia first hurt the knee after diving for a ground ball in mid-May and it has hampered him at the plate. After going 1-for-3 in Wednesday's 11-6 win over the New York Yankees, Pedroia is hitting just .247.

The sore knee, coupled with his surgically-repaired left foot, have slowed Pedroia this season.

Pedroia's injury and his plans to return to Boston for an examination were first reported by the Boston Globe.

Pedroia told the Globe that if he undergoes surgery following the exam Thursday, he would be sidelined about a month, but multiple sources Wednesday night said the prospect of surgery was unlikely.

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Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.