Boston Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia’s X-rays come back negative
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had to leave Thursday’s spring training game after being hit with a pitch thrown by New York Yankees pitcher Adam Warren.
The pitcher hit Pedroia’s right arm. After being struck, his hand started to shake, which made Bobby Valentine pull the second baseman from the game.
Pedroia was diagnosed with a contusion and the X-rays came back negative.
“His hand was shaking,” Valentine said about the injury. “I was really worried about it, very worried. I’m glad the X-rays were negative.”
Pedroia was taken out of the game after the third inning and Pedro Ciraco stepped in.
The match-up against the New York Yankees ended in a 4-4 tie. Yankee manager Joe Girardi decided to end the game after the 9th, rather than playing a 10th inning. Valentine was hoping to see pitching prospect Clayton Mortenson take the mound, but Girardi did not allow for that, claiming that he was protecting his team and their busy schedule.
“They had plenty of pitching,” Valentine said. ”The umpire came over and said we couldn’t play. I don’t care about not playing. It’s just, ‘Why do I have to warm up my pitcher, who’s trying to make a team, come in in a tie game against the Yankees and maybe help him make a team — and instead, he has to walk off the mound and take a shower?’ That’s just not very courteous.”
Pedroia’s condition is day-to-day and he will not be playing in tomorrow’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Last season, Pedroia finished batting .307 with 21 home runs and 91 RBIs.