The many anxious Red Sox fans who feared that the season may already be over after injuries to Dustin Pedroia and Koji Uehara can breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. The team announced Monday night that both players would avoid time on the disabled list and would travel to Chicago to join the team for their series against the White Sox.
Uehara was the first of the two to go down. He reported stiffness in the back of his throwing shoulder Friday, and did not pitch during the entirety of the four-game series against the Yankees. He underwent an MRI, which luckily showed that there was no structural damage. ESPNBoston’s Gordon Edes reported that Uehara did long-toss on Sunday with no discomfort. However, John Farrell said that they want him to get in at least one bullpen session before he hits the mound again.
Pedroia left New York for Boston Sunday morning and was scratched from that night’s lineup because of a wrist injury. Due to a lack of depth in the infield, this came as a much bigger scare, but MRIs showed wrist inflammation with no fractures. The cause of Pedroia’s wrist inflammation is unknown, and he’s listed as day to day. Although Pedroia has been known to play through injury, it’s unknown at this moment when exactly he’ll be back in the lineup.
The Sox may also be close to getting Shane Victorino back. Edes reported that Victorino, who has been on the DL with a strained right hamstring, was cleared to begin a rehab assignment, which will most likely start Tuesday with Double-A Portland.