Farrell expects Pedroia back for series finale
MRI on Sox star's right hand confirms no fracture or structural damage
BOSTON --- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in the lineup Saturday after exiting Friday night's game against the Rays with what the club called a "right hand contusion."
X-rays on Pedroia's hand came back negative Friday, and he underwent additional testing, including an MRI, before Saturday's game. The MRI confirmed no fracture or structural damage.
After Saturday's 7-1 win, manager John Farrell said he expected to have Pedroia back in the lineup Sunday.
The second baseman landed awkwardly on his right hand after catching a throw from A.J. Pierzynski with Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers stealing second in the second inning of Friday night's 3-2 win.
Jonathan Herrera made his 12th start of the season and first since May 11 in Pedroia's place. The 29-year-old utility man said he enjoys playing his part --- wherever and whenever he's needed. In Saturday's win, he put down a bunt that turned into an RBI single.
"He stays prepared," Farrell said. "He's a true pro. He understands his role and accepts it, and that's why he's stayed in the Major Leagues as long as he has, in addition to his talents."