Dustin Pedroia, out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday night after his knee was injured by a hard slide from the Orioles' Manny Machado at second base, told reporters in Baltimore before the game Saturday that he was sore, but he doesn't expect to have to go on the disabled list.
"I don’t have an issue with anything," Pedroia said on Machado. "This isn’t seventh grade, I just play baseball." https://t.co/NBrYFgX9gj— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) April 22, 2017
In fact, Pedroia said he could play Saturday, if needed. When asked if the thought Machado's slide was a dirty play, Pedroia said, "I'm not the baseball police, man."
The Red Sox second baseman said Machado, who appeared to try and catch Pedroia after he made contact with him and lingered on the field to check on him after the play, sent him a text after the game that said he hoped Pedroia was OK. Pedroia said he responded by thanking him.
"I don't have an issue with anything," Pedroia told reporters. "This isn't seventh grade, I just play baseball. I care about our guys that's it. I don't care about anybody else. So we just play the game."
Meanwhile, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, in his pregame remarks, said he was annoyed that some Boston media - Showalter didn't cite specific examples - suggested that Machado should be thrown at tonight.
Buck pretty mad about some Boston media calling for Machado to be hit. Questioned integrity— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) April 22, 2017
Buck annoyed that some Boston media suggesting Sox should throw at Machado. Reminds no retaliation for Sandoval slide into Schoop #orioles— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 22, 2017
Could be another interesting night for the Red Sox in Baltimore.