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Pedroia not ready to return until around Sept. 10

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Pedroia not ready to return until around Sept. 10

BOSTON - Thursday was a big day for Dustin Pedroia. Unfortunately he didn't get the news he was hoping for.

Pedroia, sidelined by a nagging hamstring injury, will remain on the sidelines until at least the second week in September, maybe longer.

"He had some imagining done and the imaging is saying that he needs to continue strengthening for another ten days which will get him right around to the end of the month where he'll begin running activity and ramp up for 10-14 days," Lovullo said. "And sometime around the 10th of September we're looking for his return. Inside of that first set of strengthening we'll also include hitting, some really light ground balls, nothing too strenuous. All along the lines of continuing to strengthen that area behind his knee and get him ready for some running activity to ramp him up for that day in September."

Pedroia was not aware of what the imagining revealed as of about 3:30 pm, but was told before Lovullo spoke with the media at 4:30.

Knowing Pedroia, he wasn't happy with the result.

"It's one of those things where we are a little disappointed but we understand when you're an injured player like that it takes time to recuperate," Lovullo said. "You can't force a player to get in there too quickly. Here's one of our best players, our leaders and we miss him for a while. But it's given other players a chance to play and perform. We need Dustin, we want Dustin and we know he's going to be back as soon as possible."

By the time Pedroia returns, there will be no minor league games to rehab in. That could complicate matters a bit, but Lovullo said they'll cross that bridge when they get to it.

Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi exited the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Padres Saturday night with left side tightness, an ailment that kept him out of Sunday's 3-1 loss. 

Luckily for the Red Sox, it doesn't appear their left fielder will be out for long. According to Alex Cora, Benintendi is considered day-to-day and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday when the team visits the Rockies. 

“He’s doing okay. He feels better,” Cora told MassLive's Chris Cotillo. “We’ll stay away from him today, he’ll probably get some treatment tomorrow and we’ll know more on Tuesday.”

The Sox took two of three against the Padres, but couldn't complete the sweep thanks to a silent day from one of the league's best offenses. They should be able to continue to produce without Benintendi in the lineup, but the lefty had been swinging the bat well lately and will be needed in the final 30 games of the year if Boston hopes to make a late run at the postseason. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Padres

Highlights from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Padres

FINAL SCORE: Padres 3, Red Sox 1

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox got solid output from their bullpen on Sunday but their offense was neutralized by the Padres in a 3-1 loss. J.D. Martinez was the only source of run support on Boston's part with a solo home run in the fourth inning. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 70-62

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

Francisco Mejia singled to center, Margot scored (1-0 SD)

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer to left, Mejia scored (3-0 SD)

4th inning

J.D. Martinez blasted a solo home run to left (3-1 SD)

Jackie Bradley Jr. makes a spectacular catch at the wall

UP NEXT:

@Rockies, Tuesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Rockies, Wednesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Angels, Friday, 10:07 p.m., NESN

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