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Drellich: Red Sox should play it safe, insist Pedroia take more time

Drellich: Red Sox should play it safe, insist Pedroia take more time

NEW YORK — Dustin Pedroia’s not the kind to stay idle. The Red Sox should force him to take some extra time now, because his left knee is still bothering him to the point he's not on the field after one quick visit to the disabled list.

The team is indeed considering another trip to the DL for Pedroia, who was out of the lineup Friday night for the opener of a three-game series with the Yankees — even after a scheduled off-day on Thursday. 

Sox manager John Farrell indicated a decision would come within the next day. But it should be a no-brainer considering how important Pedroia is and how well Eduardo Nunez has played.

“Our goal was to get him some at-bats before this series,” manager John Farrell said Friday. “He’s shown that there’s been a little bit of a pushback in terms of the reaction to it. Some swelling, some inflammation, we’re holding him out today.

“I wouldn’t rule out the DL. .. We’ll see where this goes over the next 24 hours.”

Even if Pedroia does not land back on the DL, the fact the Red Sox are considering such a move suggests they’re far from out of the woods with their second baseman. There was never a belief that Pedroia’s knee issue would disappear, but this is something beyond what was expected.

Pedroia was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and has played in one game, as the designated hitter.

Farrell has said before that the knee issue for Pedroia is volume-related. It follows that it may be more concerning considering Pedroia has not played the field in a game yet since coming back.

“We know he’s dealing with a cartilage issue. We still got some work to do,” Farrell said. “More importantly for Pedey is get as much information to him as we can, to put just allow him to get his arms around this further. Again, we go back to the work day in Boston, felt like that was — and he came out of that feeling great — and felt like that was a good test for him to get back on the field. But we’ve still got some work to do here.”

Any more missed time from Pedroia — which is the conservative way to go here — is only going to further underscore the importance of Nunez, who entered Friday hitting .420 in 11 games to begin his Red Sox career. In turn, it makes adequate play from Rafael Devers important as well, so the Sox don't find themselves in a situation where they wish Nunez could play two positions at once.

"We’ll mix and match as we’ve done," Farrell said. "We had Brock [Holt] there the other night with Eduardo over at third base. So the fact that we’ve got the versatility between Nunez and Holt, that goes a long way in kind of finding an alignment that might work best."

At this point, the Red Sox aren’t talking about Pedroia’s season being in jeopardy.

“Not the rest of the season,” Farrell said. “But currently, we’ve got to continue to get some work done to get back to where he feels he’s able to endure day to day, and we’re not quite there yet.”

Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

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Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has returned to Fort Myers after spending the past three weeks in Boston, where his infant daughter Lydia has undergone multiple heart surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital.

On Monday, an emotional Kimbrel spoke to reporters in Florida, including The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman, about the ordeal after throwing a batting practice session.  

"We’ll be in and out of Boston Children’s Hospital the rest of her life but for this stay, hopefully, a couple more weeks," Kimbrel said. “She’s in the recovery process but life-threatening wise, she’s in a good place that I can be down here." 

Kimbrel said he and his wife Ashley "can't say enough about how amazing Boston Children's Hospital has been." 

"There's no denying it's been the toughest thing we've ever been through," Kimbrel said.  

"In the last week, her recovery has been unbelievable and she's showing great signs and we're very blessed and we want to thank the Red Sox and Alex [Cora] for understanding they've been through this and working with us," Kimbrel said. 

He said Lydia, born in November, will need another surgery when she's around 3 or 4 years old to help ensure normal development. 

"It's been tough, I can say that. We're definitely, me and my wife, we've had each other and we've had our family, we've had a great support. Everyone is sending out prayers that have definitely been heard. Now, I'm back down here. The other day I threw a live BP up at Babson [College in Wellesley, Mass.], and me and her got to talking and seeing where Lydia is, and how she's progressed, she's in a good, comfortable place for me to be down here. If she wasn't, I wouldn't be here.

"My family comes first and then baseball comes. I have to thank the Red Sox for letting me be there with my family and then helping me continue to prepare while I was at home. Stepping away for a few hours was definitely a release. It did help to get in the weight room. It did help to throw the ball. But that's not going to take away the emotions we went through in the hospital."

Kimbrel said he and his wife talked about how fortunate they were to be in Boston and its world-class healthcare facilities. 

"We believe that everything in life happens for a reason, even if we don't understand it at the time," he said. "There's a lesson to be learned and something to be shared through every step you go through in life. As difficult as this is, and I know it will take time, hopefully, this experience and everything we've been through, we can share that with others, try to impact someone else's life. Because I know for a fact my daughter's going to be able to do that one day."



Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

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Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.

“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”

Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.

“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”