PEDROIA SET TO PLAY ON WEDNESDAY
CHICAGO — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tried to talk his way into the lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. But manager John Farrell wasn’t listening.
Pedroia missed Sunday’s game against the Yankees with a sore left wrist and was examined by team doctors in Boston on Monday. He had a cortisone shot after an MRI showed no fractures or ligament damage.
“If it was broke I would have been out a long time. It’s good news. Hopefully I’ll be in there tomorrow,” Pedroia said. “One more day, if this can go away that’s great.”
Pedroia was injured on April 4 when Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez spilled him breaking up a double play in the ninth inning.
“I was a little bit worried. It was getting worse every day,” Pedroia said. “It happens. I get taken out every day; it’s my job. I just felt like it was just part of the deal.
“I got caught in a weird angle when I got taken out and everything got inflamed. I keep swinging and playing, it just adds up until you think something is really wrong.”
Pedroia also is still getting treatment on his left thumb, which required surgery in November to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Jonathan Herrera started at second base again.
“We fully expect [Pedroia] to be back in the lineup [Wednesday]. He fought tooth and nail to be in there. But felt like after the injection yesterday, another day of just some treatment and laying low a little bit would be the best course at this point,” Farrell said.
* Koji Uehara threw in the outfield before the game, his usual routine of long toss from 200 feet before throwing some pitches from flat ground. He is scheduled for a bullpen session on Tuesday and that would clear him to be available on Wednesday.
Uehara has not pitched since April 9 and over the weekend in New York complained of a sore shoulder. He was in Boston for tests on Monday that were negative.
“I feel like it’s getting better day-by-day,” Uehara said via interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. “It was a good feeling to know I was able to throw from that long distance and also the fact there was no structural damage. That gave me a lot of peace of mind."
In 2012, when he played for Texas, Uehara was on the disabled list for 11 weeks with a shoulder strain and felt similar pain this time.
“It was something on my mine, that feeling again,” he said. “But my shoulder is fine.”
* Shane Victorino, who has been on the disabled list all season with a strained right hamstring, is ready to start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment. The problem is finding a suitable spot.
Victorino was scheduled to play for Double A Portland on Tuesday but that game was rained out. He instead worked at Fenway Park under the supervision of therapist Dan Dyrek.
At some point this week the right fielder will join Portland or Triple A Pawtucket. The Red Sox considered having Victorino join Single A Salem in Virginia but prefer he continue his work with Dyrek.
Farrell said the ideal plan would be for Victorino to build up to playing consecutive nine-inning games before being activated. He played only 10 games in spring training, the last on March 30.
“We’re just kind of waiting for the weather to break,” Farrell said. “That’s the tentative outline. We’re going to respond to how he reacts to the work.”
* Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the DL with a strained right calf, is with the team. He needs to start a running program before a rehab assignment is scheduled.
* The Red Sox are planning ceremonies at Fenway Park this weekend to pay tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. But the anniversary of the event was on the minds on Tuesday.
“I think it’s critical that we never forget the victims that have fallen. There’s been a lot of conversation the last couple of days with either staff or players, that when we look back obviously senseless acts that took place. But I think we’re all proud to have been part of the healing process, how small it might have been,” Farrell said.
“I think it makes us even further proud to be part of an incredible city, a very strong community that I think became even stronger when we unified in response to it.”
There was a moment of silence before the game in memory of the Marathon victims. The White Sox players and coaches wore “Boston Strong” t-shirts during the pre-game.
* The NCAA champion men’s and women’s basketball teams from the University of Connecticut will be at Fenway Park on April 22 for a pre-game ceremony. UConn guard Shabazz Napier is a Roxbury native who played at Charlestown High. Assistant coach Karl Hobbs also is a Boston native and played at Cambridge Rindge and Latin.
* Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski played for the White Sox from 2005-12 and became good friends with colorful broadcaster Ken “Hawk Harrelson, the former Red Sox outfielder. When Pierzynski signed with the Red Sox, he took No. 40 because that is the number Harrelson wore in Boston from 1967-69
* Players and coaches from both teams all wore No. 42 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color line.
* Portland lefthander Henry Owens and second baseman Mookie Betts were named the Eastern League pitcher and player of the week, respectively. Owens threw 12 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out 18 while Betts was 16 of 35 with seven extra-base hits and five walks.