NEW YORK — Dustin Pedroia’s return to the disabled list on Saturday brought little explanation about what’s going on with his left knee and an issue that’s been described by manager John Farrell as cartilage-related.
“There are a lot of things going on, man,” Pedroia said. “So, I mean, we're still...I don't really want to talk about injuries and stuff. But like I said, I'll be out there as fast as I can.”
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The good news: no one’s talking as though Pedroia is done for the season. Pedroia said he did not feel he was rushed back, playing in just one game in between trips to the DL.
“No, I mean, I was told that was a possibility how it could respond,” Pedroia said. “You just got to try to find a way to get through it and stay positive and just let some things kind of calm down and heal a little bit. Once that happens, get back out there and go.
“I think the best thing right now is just kind of rest and let it calm down. I know it's the wrong time for that. But it's just the situation we're in. Once it calms down, I'll be out there as fast as I can.”
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said previously that Pedroia is dealing with a situation he’ll have to manage going forward. Asked if arthritis was involved, Pedroia gave a non-answer.
“Do I have arthritis? Not that I know of. I might,” Pedroia said. “I don't know. So, that's it, man. That's all I got for you guys.”
Lefty reliever Robby Scott was recalled in Pedroia’s place.
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 FanRagSports.com'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.
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 MLB.com 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 WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.