Dustin Pedroia's return to the Boston Red Sox took a major step forward with the team's second baseman playing five innings during his Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday night.
The veteran went 1-for-3 with a single. Defensively, his lone action was fielding a pop-up.
Pedroia is rehabbing his left knee after he underwent a cartilage restoration procedure this offseason.
"After I got out there in the first inning, I didn't think about my knee one time," Pedroia told reporters, via RedSox.com. "That's when you kind of know you're good. So just continue going. Hopefully tomorrow I feel better than I did today and get after it.
"I'm fine now. I don't have any issues. I think the work that we put in to get to this point, that's the reason why. You're going to see the same guy you've seen play for however many years I've played."
David Price has laid off the Fortnight lately and his numbers (six wins, 2.64 ERA in his past seven starts heading into pitching Tuesday night in Minnesota) have picked up to All-Star caliber.
But he told the Boston Herald he'll wear out the video-game controller again in order to avoid an appearance in the Midsummer Classic next month in Washington.
Of a possible selection to the American League team by A.L. manager A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros, Price said: “I feel like if he did, it would just be to get me to throw an extra inning,” Price told the Herald Jason Mastrodonato. “And that would be a pretty pro move on his part. I’ll come up with something, if I am an All-Star, so I won’t have to pitch. I’ll play a lot of Fortnite the night before, so I’ll be down [unavailable].”
Price has been an All-Star five times, the last time was in 2015 with the Detroit Tigers.
Fans vote on the starters, but players vote for reserves and pitchers with some selections made by the All-Star managers.
The Red Sox left-hander, who missed a start earlier this season when he was bothered by carpal tunnel syndrome - perhaps brought on by too much Fortnight? - listed a few teammates more deserving this season. Before Tuesday, Price was 8-4 with a 3.76 ERA.
“Chris Sale,” Price said. “I ain’t going. I’m not an All-Star. Craig Kimbrel is gonna get his, I didn’t vote for Craig because he’s Craig Kimbrel, he’s going to get his votes. I voted for Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes. Actually I did vote for Craig. Joe, Barnes and Craig. Craig doesn’t need votes. His name is going to get him in.”
The Boston Red Sox recalled left-handed pitcher Robby Scott from Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday. The team optioned right-handed pitcher Justin Haley to Pawtucket to make room for Scott on the 25-man roster.
Scott, 28, has made 24 relief appearances for the PawSox this season, posting a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) with 36 strikeouts, a 1.03 WHIP, and a .187 opponent batting average. Left-handed hitters have a .362 OPS against Scott, going 5-for-37 (.135) with one extra-base hit (double), two walks, and 17 strikeouts. 20 of his 24 appearances have been scoreless, including 13 of his last 14.
Since May 5, Scott has posted a 0.61 ERA (1 ER/14.2 IP) while holding opponents to a .137 batting average (7-for-51) and zero home runs. Signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in 2011, he is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA (15 ER/41.2 IP) in 64 career major league relief appearances (2016-17), having made his first career Opening Day roster with Boston in 2017.
Haley, 26, was selected to the major league roster from Pawtucket on June 8. He made his Red Sox debut—and his lone big league appearance of the season—on June 13 at Camden Yards, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings in a 5-1 win over the Orioles. The right-hander is 3-6 with a 3.18 ERA (20 ER/56.2 IP) and 52 strikeouts in 11 starts for Pawtucket this season, including a 2.45 ERA (10 ER/36.2 IP) over his last seven outings.
Selected by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2012 June Draft, he spent his first five professional seasons (2012-16) in the Boston organization. Haley made the Twins’ 2017 Opening Day roster and had a 6.00 ERA (12 ER/18.0 IP) in 10 relief appearances, the first major league outings of his career.