The Red Sox revealed a bit of good news on the injury front when they posted lineups for Saturday night and Eduardo Nunez was leading off and playing second base after injuring his hand on Friday night.
Speaking to the media before the game, manager John Farrell provided updates on a pair of other injured Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Pedroia, who is trying to return from a knee injury, is progressing, but there is still no timetable for his return.
“(Pedroia) went through some early defensive work here already today,” Farrell told reporters. “We’ll go through full BP here as we’re getting ready to get on the field. So, he keeps making positive steps. Still, I don’t have a return date. But as far as the ramping up of activities and the intensity to it, that’s in the works.”
Farrell did provide good news on Jackie Bradley Jr., saying there is hope that Red Sox center fielder could be closer to a return than initially expected.
“Jackie, you know yesterday was a good day for him in terms of getting past some of the soreness and the swelling,” Farrell said. “The initiating and strengthening routine and the rehab. So, he was really encouraged and felt a lot more confident with where he was [Friday] compared to the day before even. There’s been a smaller splint that’s been applied, so that’s turning out to be hopefully on the shorter end than otherwise.
"The fact that he’s responded so favorably in the last 24 hours, there’s been a reduced size of the splint that he’s been using, where the wrist isn’t immobile, just the thumb is. So, you know, the coming days will have a lot to maybe impact his return.”
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested at his home in Tennessee on Friday night after an incident involving his wife, Shannon.
According to a statement attributed to the Wright family that was released to NBC Sports Boston through Wright's lawyer, Alex Little, Wright has been charged with domestic assault. Per the statement, Wright did not "raise his hand at anyone."
"On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault. Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships stronger, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so."
Wright has been released from jail. Wright and his agent, Steve Rath, declined comment.
The Red Sox addressed the incident in a statement: "We are aware of the incident involving Steven. This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this and for that reason, the club won’t have any further comment at this time."
Wright’s arrest is now to be reviewed by MLB's department of investigations under the joint policy with the MLBPA.
OK, so it's not exactly Varitek's catcher's mitt in A-Rod's face.
The Red Sox reacted to the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton today with a tweet that was...well, it was something.
That'll show your rival whose new middle of the lineup outhomered your entire team - 169 for Didi Gregorius (25), Stanton (59), Aaron Judge (52) and Gary Sanchez (33) to Boston's 168.
Of course, the last time a team that led the league in home runs acquired the major league leader in home runs was 1919, when a pitcher/outfielder who's probably still better than Shohei Ohtani went from Boston to New York.
We can look forward to more fiery tweets from the Sox as the Winter Meetings begin - and their search for a power bat intensifies - in Orlando on Sunday.