BALTIMORE -- Dustin Pedroia in, Hanley Ramirez out.
That was the swap in the Red Sox lineup for Wednesday, with the second baseman returning from a day off to get treatment for an ailing left knee, while Ramirez got a night to heal some minor issues.
Pedroia has been battling a wrenched left knee since the Sox were in Toronto about 10 days ago. Inflammation in the knee grew problematic over the weekend at home and worsened Monday, so he was given Tuesday as a day to recover.
"It's alright, it's good," said Pedroia upon his return to the lineup Wednesday. "Basically, (in Toronto), I turned and threw and my spike got stuck in the turf and just twisted my knee. When you do that, you get swelling. We were just managing it.
"I was good until that day game (last Saturday) against the Yankees, the 1 o'clock game, it kind of flared up. Then we got in late here (to Baltimore Monday) and I didn't have time to get the fluid out and it kind of built on that. But I'm fine."
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Pedroia has played 144 of 152 games, and has been healthier this season than any of the previous four or five, so he wants to maintain that availability.
"Shoot, we play so many dang games, at different times, and you get nicked up," he said. "So it's better to be smart and not let it linger."
Pedroia continues to get treatment with ice and wears compression leggings and boots.
"It's nothing major," Pedroia said. "We've played 150-something games (and everybody's dealing with something). We've got a long time to rest up after the season."
"(Tuesday) was a good day of treatment," said John Farrell of Pedroia's situation. "He responded well and is back in there tonight. But this is a situation that we fully expect him to manage throughout the rest of the season."
Meanwhile, Ramirez was given a day to recover from a balky left shoulder which has been nagging him for a while. The fact that he fouled a ball off his instep in Tuesday's game further cemented the idea to give him Wednesday night off.
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"Much like Pedey (Tuesday), guys are dealing with things and are banged up," Farrell said. "Hanley's no different. I would expect him back in the lineup (Thursday). After we talked (Tuesday) night, we thought this was a good day to get him off his feet."
With Ramirez sidelined for the night, Travis Shaw got the start at first base with Aaron Hill at third.