CLEVELAND — “I’m a little sore,” Dustin Pedroia said this afternoon after giving Rich Hill a savage beating in Nintendo RBI Baseball. “But I’m OK.”
Pedroia left last night’s game in the 8th inning after slipping on second base and aggravating his surgically repaired left foot. A numbing sensation persisted for several minutes, the result of jarring the steel screw he had inserted into his broken navicular bone last August.
He is out of the lineup today but expects to play tomorrow.
“He showed up pretty good. Talked to him this morning and said it was just a little bit sore. He came to the ballpark early, got treatment and I think he feels pretty good,” Terry Francona said. “Probably a little relieved, as we are.”
Francona said Pedroia has handled the situation, “like a champ, that’s what he does.”
Meanwhile, yes, the Cleveland visitor’s clubhouse has an actual old school Nintendo unit with RBI Baseball, albeit hooked up to a high-def flat screen. Poor Rich, he kept grounding out to the right side.
In terms of other stuff:
• Drew Sutton replaced Pedroia at second base. Sure enough, the first hitter for Cleveland, Jack Hannahan, hit a groundball that snuck past him for a single that sparked a two-run rally to win the game.
Francona said be believes Pedroia would have made the play.
“It’s nothing against Sutton. … [Pedroia] probably runs over and sucks that ball up and you’ve got nobody on and one out.”
• Bobby Jenks said yesterday he hoped to throw one more side session then get activated in Detroit. Not so fast. Francona said there would be at least a few more bullpen sessions and a rehab assignment.
• Hideki Okajima, who was designated for assignment on Friday, cleared waivers and was assigned to Pawtucket.
• Daniel Bard, who has pitched the last two games, is out for tonight.
• With Pedroia out, Jed Lowrie is hitting second. Francona said he considered moving Carl Crawford up but decided against it.
“I don’t want to be bouncing him around because Pedey will be back in there tomorrow,” the manager said. “We would have had Ellsbury, Crawford and [Adrian Gonzalez] hitting 1-2-3. [Cleveland LHP Tony] Sipp’s been getting every lefty out in the world. Don’t want to invite that.”