Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who came off the disabled list Tuesday, is headed back there because of lingering swelling in his sore left knee, the team announced Saturday.
The #RedSox today placed 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day DL (retroactive to 8/9) with left knee inflammation.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 12, 2017
The move — after Pedroia sat out two games following his activation, including Friday’s night’s tough 5-4 loss to the second-place Yankees — was made retroactive to Wednesday.
“Our goal was to get him some at-bats before this (Yankees) series,” Farrell said Friday (via CSNNE.com). “He’s shown that there’s been a little bit of a pushback in terms of the reaction to it. Some swelling, some inflammation."
The Boston Globe reported that Pedroia is likely to be examined again by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andreas Gomoll in Boston, but it might not be until Monday.
ESPN.com speculated whether it was Boston who put in a reported waiver claim on Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is familiar to Sox president Dave Dombrowski.
With uncertainty/concern over Pedroia's knee, it'll be interesting to see if the Red Sox placed the claim on Ian Kinsler. DD knows him well.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 12, 2017
Pedroia didn't play Wednesday or Friday and Thursday was an off-day. Pedroia was 0-for-4 as a DH Tuesday against the Rays in his only game since coming off a 10-day stay on the DL.
“Nothing happened in that game,” Pedroia said, via the Globe. “It’s just been a lot of swelling.”
In 86 games, Pedroia has hit .303/.378/.406 with 54 RBIs and 37 runs while having a strong defensive season (one error in 328 total chances).
Eduardo Nunez started at second Friday and Brock Holt is available, but Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin are candidates to be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, according to the Globe. In the near term, the Red Sox recalled LHP Robby Scott from Pawtucket to fill Pedroia's roster spot.
After Friday's loss, the Red Sox lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games in the AL East. The teams meet nine more times in the next 23 days.