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Dombrowski: Dustin Pedroia should return to form after knee surgery

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Dombrowski: Dustin Pedroia should return to form after knee surgery

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia's likely going to miss the first two months of the 2018 season. The good news: once he's able to come back, the Red Sox expect he'll look like himself on the field.

The second baseman Dustin Pedroia had what the team called a "cartilage restoration procedure" on his left knee Wednesday morning, with an estimated seven months until he's back in big league games.

"The feeling is that Pedey should return to his pre-injury playing form," Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wrote in an email Wednesday.

Pedroia and lefty starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez both underwent knee operations this offseason. Rodriguez, who had his right knee repaired after repeated subluxations, is expected back sooner. But the fact both Pedroia and E-Rod won't be ready for the start of the season does not have the Red Sox shifting gears in their planning, Dombrowski said.

"The surgeries to Eduardo and Pedey do not really affect our offseason plans," Dombrowski wrote. "Eduardo is scheduled to miss only a short time of the season and feel we presently have the starting pitching depth to handle that. In Pedey’s case, the timetable is approximately a month longer, but, we do have multiple internal candidates to play second base until Pedey returns."

Marco Hernandez, Josh Rutledge and Brock Holt are among infielders that could help fill in. Hernandez and Rutledge are recovering from season-ending surgeries themselves. Eduardo Nunez is a free agent whom perhaps the Sox will be more keen to re-sign now.

Pedroia was managing considerable pain at the end of the 2017 season.  

"We had to try and find a way to do what we did so I could be out there," he said the day the Red Sox were eliminated from the playoffs, Oct. 9. "But if you were to get it fixed, the recovery is a long time. So I have a lot of things to weigh in with the doctors and figure it out.”

The magnitude of the decision seems to be the reason Pedroia did not go for surgery, say, within a couple days of the season's conclusion.

"In regards to the timing, this is only a couple of weeks after our season ended," Dombrowski said. "He visited with multiple doctors to solicit their opinions before everyone met to make the best decision possible.  Then, once surgery was decided upon, this was the first date available."

Report: Red Sox trade target Jeurys Familia close to A's deal

Report: Red Sox trade target Jeurys Familia close to A's deal

Earlier in the week, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reported the Boston Red Sox were among several teams inquiring about the availability of New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia.

But it appears the veteran closer is likely headed to the West Coast, according to ESPN's Buster Olney:

In 40 appearances this season for the last-place Mets, Familia has posted a 2.88 ERA with 17 saves and a 1.23 WHIP. The Red Sox have been actively seeking to add another veteran arm to their bullpen before the July 31 trade deadline, a search that has included talks for Orioles closer Zach Britton according to FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman.

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Price, Red Sox win again by blanking Tigers 1-0

Price, Red Sox win again by blanking Tigers 1-0

DETROIT (AP) — David Price pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox kept right on rolling in their first game after the All-Star break, beating the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Friday night.

The Red Sox (69-30) have won 13 of their last 14, and on this night one run in the first inning was enough for the team with baseball’s best record. Price (11-6) walked one and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings.

Steve Pearce hit an RBI double in the first, and the Tigers could never match that one run. Detroit had the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth but didn’t score.

Matthew Boyd (4-9) allowed a run and three hits in five-plus innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Boston reliever Matt Barnes escaped a jam in the eighth after the Tigers put a runner on third with one out. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.

Detroit has lost seven of eight.

Price has 97 wins from 2012-18, matching teammate Chris Sale for the most in the American League during that span. He retired the first nine batters he faced Friday, then got in trouble by allowing three straight singles to start the fourth.

John Hicks flied out to shallow left field, starting a wild play that ended with Boston second baseman Brock Holt on the ground injured. Andrew Benintendi caught Hicks’ fly and threw wildly toward the plate, but Detroit’s Niko Goodrum stayed put at third. Jeimer Candelario took off from second to third, then had to go back when he realized Goodrum was still there.

The throw went back to second, but Candelario was able to slide in safely. Holt went down with a right knee injury after Candelario’s slide, although he was able to walk off the field.

Price struck out James McCann and retired Victor Martinez on a flyout to end the inning.

Goodrum led off the eighth by reaching on a strikeout when Barnes threw a wild pitch on strike three. Candelario then struck out, but strike three bounced away again. Candelario wasn’t allowed to take first in that situation, but Goodrum was able to go all the way from first to third.

Nicholas Castellanos followed with a one-out grounder to third, and Goodrum was retired in a rundown between third and home. After a walk to Hicks, McCann struck out to end the inning.

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Boston slugger J.D. Martinez was back in Detroit after playing for the Tigers from 2014-17. He was traded to Arizona around this time last year.

That was part of a rebuilding effort in which the Tigers later traded Justin Verlander, Justin Upton and Ian Kinsler.

“It was inevitable. I think everybody knew it,” Martinez said. “You can only be good like that for so long.”

Martinez made a fine catch in right field while running into the wall in the third.

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