FORT MYERS, Fla. — While Terry Francona said that Dustin Pedroia would be in the lineup today, against the Blue Jays, the second baseman was not listed on the lineup this morning.
“I’m not playing today, it’s not wrist related. I told Tito he looked like Corrado Soprano. He benched me.
“No, they seriously told me that I need another day. I don’t know why.”
Asked if his wrist was fine, he said that it was. As for tomorrow’s game, Pedroia said, “I guarantee it. I’ll be there, with bells on.”
Meanwhile, Brian Shouse was shaking hands in the clubhouse this morning, and had a bag packed. That generally indicates that he’s headed elsewhere. The lefthander’s future with the Sox was put in jeopardy when the team signed Alan Embree recently, and he has apparently come to the end of the road with Boston. No official announcement has been made on Shouse.
UPDATE: Shouse has been released, according to a team source.