Stop Playing With PedroiaOwning a pitcherThe other Rajon Rondo

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Stop Playing With PedroiaOwning a pitcherThe other Rajon Rondo

Late in last night's game, Dustin Pedroia appeared to re-injure his thumb. As a result, he left the game early and won't be in the line up for tonight's re-match with the Marlins.

Speaking with reporters this afternoon, Bobby Valentine said that Pedroia is only out of the line-up as a precautionary measure, and in the process fulfilled one of my greatest pet peeves when it comes to sports injury-speak.

PRECAUTIONARY

A precautionary measure is one that's "taken in advance to avert possible evil." In other words, a move that's made prior to injury for instance, resting a healthy player in Week 17 as opposed to a move that's made after a player aggravates an already existent issue.

Precautionary? The Sox are already two steps passed precautionary with Pedroia. Now, they're on to delusional.

Listen, I get why everyone wants to tip toe around his thumb. Pedroia would rather lose an arm than spend any time on the DL. He's like Rube Baker in Major League 2. He's ready and willing to play through anything.

On one hand, you have to respect that. And you know that the Sox do at every level. That's why they resisted putting him on the DL to begin with, and haven't strayed from that decision as Pedey struggled mightily in June. And that's why after last night's re-aggravation, Bobby Valentine is using meaningless buzz words like precautionary and pretending like there's nothing to see here. But sure seems like something to me.

And I'll say the same thing now as I did on the day Pedroia originally hurt himself: I'd much rather lose Pedroia for 15 days in June than to deal with this back and forth for the next three months.

It still blows my mind that the Sox don't see it the same way.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.