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Pedroia's on-again, off-again rehab in Portland is off again, for now

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Pedroia's on-again, off-again rehab in Portland is off again, for now

After leaving the game following his second at-bat in the fourth inning Friday night, Dustin Pedroia was originally penciled back into the lineup Saturday for the Portland Sea Dogs, then was scratched about an hour later as his on-again, off-again injury rehab continues. Knee issues have essentially kept him out of major league games since 2017.

Pedroia continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Friday and appeared to suffer another setback.

The veteran second baseman "didn't feel right" when he left the game early, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora, speaking to reporters in Houston.

Per Cora, Pedroia's latest setback isn't believed to be major. Even if that's the case, the 35-year-old can't seem to go more than a few games without having issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. That's an obvious cause for concern.

Pedroia was limited to three games last season and six this season with the major league Red Sox as he continues to recover from knee surgeries he's had the past two years.

Fellow Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is also on a rehab assignment with the Sea Dogs this weekend. He went 0-for-2 with a walk Friday night and played seven innings at shortstop in a 1-0 victory over Altoona. Originally placed on the injured list since on April 6 with a scratched cornea, Holt suffered a setback later in the month with a right shoulder impingement. Red Sox left-handed reliever Brian Johnson is scheduled to make a rehab start for Portland on Sunday.

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MLB rumors: Latest Madison Bumgarner trade buzz involving Red Sox, Yankees and more

MLB rumors: Latest Madison Bumgarner trade buzz involving Red Sox, Yankees and more

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is one of the best starting pitchers who could be moved before the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline.

The veteran left-hander pitched what might have been his final game at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Thursday night, and he put on a show. Bumgarner threw a complete game, allowing five hits and one earned run with one walk and six strikeouts. The Giants won 3-2 in 16 innings.

Bumgarner has not enjoyed a particularly strong 2019 season, but he rarely pitches less than six innings, he has won three World Series with the Giants and thrives in high-pressure situations. He's the ideal trade deadline pick up for a championship contender in search of a pitching upgrade.

The 29-year-old also is in the final year of his contract, so he'd be a rental for any team acquiring him. His 2019 salary is $12 million.

Several teams, including the Boston Red Sox, have either sent scouts to watch games Bumgarner has started and/or are rumored to be interested in acquiring him. Here's the latest trade buzz involving Bumgarner as the deadline approaches.

Boston Red Sox:

Minnesota Twins:

Philadelphia Phillies:

"It is well known that the Phillies are in the market for starting pitching," Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia wrote Thursday. "They have spoken to the Texas Rangers about Mike Minor, the Detroit Tigers about Matthew Boyd and the San Francisco Giants about Madison Bumgarner. They have also investigated the possibility of trading for Zack Greinke, Arizona’s high-priced right-hander."

New York Yankees:

"As previously reported, the Yankees (rightly, in our humble opinion) consider Bumgarner in a class below deadline targets Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman and Zack Wheeler (if healthy)," Andy Martino of SNY wrote Friday. "But they're not totally out on him, in part because he might come at a lower price."

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Mitch Moreland to play in rehab game Friday, Steve Pearce 'Nothing even close to (being) back'

Mitch Moreland to play in rehab game Friday, Steve Pearce 'Nothing even close to (being) back'

The Boston Red Sox are continuing to wait for reinforcements for their depth at first base. The team's platoon duo to start the season, Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce, have both been out since early June. And right now, it doesn't look like Pearce is set to return any time soon.

At the moment, Pearce is down in Fort Myers and only is hitting off a tee, according to Christopher Smith of MassLive.com. And Alex Cora confirmed that Pearce is still a long way off from returning to the squad.

“(He's) just rehabbing down there,” Cora said, per Smith. “Nothing even close to (being) back.”

Pearce is only hitting .180 on the season, so the Red Sox will take their time in getting him fully healthy. They'll be able to survive without him, especially given that the righthanded Michael Chavis has hit .258 with 16 homers while playing solid defense in his rookie season. He can continue to hold the fort as the righthanded first base option in Pearce's stead.

As for Moreland, there was some hope that he would have a chance to return ahead of the team's series against the Baltimore Orioles. However, Moreland is going to be playing a rehab game on Friday instead. And Cora said that they would make a decision about activating him depending on how this weekend goes.

“(He'll) get at-bats over the weekend and see how he feels. And make a decision (on when he returns) over the weekend," Cora said, per Smith.

So, while Moreland's return has been pushed back a couple of times, it does seem that he will be returning to the lineup soon. And getting his lefthanded bat back to platoon with Chavis would be nice for the team, as it will give them several different lineup options.

Moreland is hitting .225 this year but had 13 homers in just 151 at-bats before landing on the IL.

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