Dustin Pedroia’s only full day off this season was June 16. The next may come Saturday. He left the clubhouse Friday night with his left hand wrapped in a bandage after indicating that he received an anti-inflammatory shot.
“It’s nothing. I got an anti-inflammatory,” Pedroia said, pointing at his arm.
Pedroia also met with manager John Farrell after the 8-4 victory against the Yankees. The second baseman has been playing with ligament damage in his left thumb since Opening Day.
The Sox have enough infielders to cover Pedroia’s absence.
A few other notes:
• Jake Peavy left Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., with tape on his right wrist on Thursday night after being struck by a line drive. But he was unencumbered on Friday and said he felt fine.
• The Yankees will not have fleet center fielder Brett Gardner for the series and perhaps not until next season because of a strained oblique muscle on the left side of his rib cage suffered during Thursday’s game in Baltimore. “Rib cages don’t heal very quickly and sometimes it depends on the individual, a little bit too. But it’s not like it’s just going to be a few days,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It is possible it could be the rest of the year? Yeah.” In 16 games against the Sox this season, Gardner hit .322 with an .878 OPS.
• Righthanded reliever Jose De La Torre, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. De La Torre appeared in seven games for the Red Sox.
• The Sox are 11-6 against the Yankees.
• The Sox have 21 more victories than last season, the biggest improvement (other than strike seasons) since the 1946 team (104-50) won 33 games more than the 1945 club (71-83).
• David Ortiz has been intentionally walked 24 times, a high for him and the most for a Sox player since Manny Ramirez had 28 in 2003.
• There was a moment of silence before the game to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Haven Fyfe Kiernan, the widow of one of the victims, threw out the first pitch.