BALTIMORE — Foul balls are known to be dangerous. They’re not usually so dangerous for the batter.
Dustin Pedroia bounced a ball off the plate in the fourth inning Monday night at Camden Yards and the rebound caught him in the face. He immediately spun around and took a few steps away to his right, meeting the trainers in between home plate and the Orioles’ first-base dugout.
Per the Red Sox, Pedroia has a nasal contusion and is considered day-to-day.
Pedroia left the game, holding a shirt to his face, with blood visible on his jersey.
Pedroia’s already dealing with a health situation, managing pain in his left knee.
His replacement, Brock Holt, immediately doubled and scored in the inning, cutting the Orioles’ lead to 5-1.
The Mets' Wilmer Flores earlier this month fouled a ball into his face without a rebound, directly off the bat.
The Yankees really outdid themselves this offseason, adding slugger Giancarlo Stanton to their already powerful batting order.
Bringing Stanton to New York is a pretty horrifying prospect for anyone in the AL East. Especially considering the Bronx Bombers already have Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, and Didi Gregorius.
Most MLB fans are already leaning toward crowning the Yankees AL East champions.
But Brian Cashman says not so fast.
The Yankees GM believes that there's still work to do in order to top the Red Sox, and rightfully so. His team is still in the early portions of spring training.
“They’re the AL East champs, so we’re not on equal footing,” Cashman said to media on Wednesday. “We were the Wild Card. They had the title within the division last year. I don’t know if they’re putting a flag up for it or not, but they are the AL East champs, we are not. So we are not on equal footing until we take that away from them, while at the same time preventing anybody that finished behind us from surpassing us and joining the fray.
Cashman even goes on to compliment the roster moves the O's and Blue Jays have executed this offseason.
“Toronto’s done a lot of work on its roster. Baltimore is starting to make some signs. So, no, we’re not on the same ground because they are the AL East champions, and until someone takes that away from them, you’ve got to pay homage.”
Does anyone actually buy the Yanks are underdogs to the Sox? Probably not.
But Cashman wants to make sure he is respectful and wouldn't want to provide any extra motivation for Boston to feed off.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After this winter, what’s a little more waiting?
J.D. Martinez arrived at JetBlue Park on Wednesday morning and was examined during the day. There was a possibility the Red Sox would finish the day by introducing Martinez in his new uniform -- that his agreed-upon, five-year deal would become official.
We’re going to have to wait until Thursday at the earliest.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Wednesday evening told ESPN and NBC Sports Boston that he does not expect Martinez to be in workouts on Thursday. Nonetheless, all indications to this point are that the hold-up is related to the logistics of reviewing Martinez’s medicals.
The Sox are awaiting the results of Martinez’s medical exam(s), which can sometimes include different opinions from different doctors in different places. The Sox’ medical staff is, naturally, Boston-based. Specialists can sometimes be involved.
Media waited around JetBlue Park on Wednesday for word on a press conference’s scheduling. Naturally, there is a sense of the unknown attached to waiting with such a major acquisition.
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But with a deal this large and a player this impactful, the chances of anything going awry to the point a deal deteriorates are slim. The Sox have every right to make sure they’re making a sound investment, and there’s no need to rush a press conference. Contracts can be reworked in the instance something is discovered in Martinez’s exam. But, again, there is no evidence the Sox and Martinez are in that territory.
Martinez has had injuries in recent years. A collision with an outfield wall in 2016 left Martinez with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of the right elbow. To begin the 2017 season, Martinez had a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot.