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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.”

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday. 


Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.