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Red Sox: Pedroia set to start rehab stint on Thursday, Nunez DHs for Pawtucket

Red Sox: Pedroia set to start rehab stint on Thursday, Nunez DHs for Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox' injury list has been loaded at the second base position this year. The team's three second basemen/infield bench options who were supposed to carry the team at the position are all on the IL. And the biggest name of the bunch is Dustin Pedroia.

Pedroia, who started the season on the IL before playing six games and posting a .100 average, is getting ready to have another rehab stint after he tweaked his troublesome knee against the New York Yankees. He will be playing with the team's Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, starting on Thursday. But Alex Cora was non-committal on how long it would take him to return.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Cora said per Chris Cotillo of MassLive. “He hasn’t played in a while. He needs at-bats. He needs to play.”

But Pedroia isn't hoping to take long and was getting in work on the field ahead of Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

That, at the very least, is an encouraging sign.

There are also some updates to report on the other infielders the Red Sox have on the IL.

Eduardo Nunez, who is dealing with a back injury, returned to action on Monday night. In a rehab stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Nunez went 0-4 as the team's designated hitter. He will also get work in the field and Cora is looking to get him about 20 plate appearances before rejoining the team, per Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe.

Meanwhile, Brock Holt, who has been on the IL since the first week of the season, suffered a shoulder injury in his latest rehab assignment. The utility man will remain on the IL and will attempt to make a comeback once the shoulder issue heals.

Until these infielders return, Michael Chavis and Tzu-Wei Lin will continue to hold down the fort at second base. Chavis has been a major upgrade for the team's offense, as he has hit three homers in eight games since being called up, so the top prospect may remain even after these players return.

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Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers doesn't always have the easiest time preparing for games. 

After a breakout season in 2019 (.311, 32 homers, 115 RBI, .916 OPS), the 23-year-old has turned into one of Boston's best at the plate, but that doesn't mean he doesn't experience anxiety. 

The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato sat down with Devers for an interview before the MLB postponed its season due to the coronavirus, and Devers indicated that he still feels a rush before games begin.

“The hardest thing I still go through is every game I still get this anxiousness of the game starting," Devers said, according to Mastrodonato. "It’s this happiness of being out there and being on the field and playing and getting over that anxiety. I’m just over-emotional about the opportunity and being out there playing.

“Because it’s not like a nervous thing, it’s more of an excited thing. That first inning is a big rush. But after that first inning settles, I get an at-bat and it’s like, alright, the game kind of settles. It’s just me being overly emotional about how happy I am.”

“It’s something I’ve been working on since I’ve been here. I’ve been working with previous people in the organization that led me to some of my breathing techniques that I do now. But it’s all about controlling myself. I know it. It’s still there and I’m still working on it. But I have gotten much better at it.”

Of course, you can tell that Devers can't wait to take the field -- he lights up like a kid on Christmas -- but you'd never know truly how emotional he gets. 

In three seasons with the Red Sox, Devers has hit .282 with 211 RBI, 63 home runs and a 5.8 WAR. Based on his 2019 stats, those pregame jitters must've been a little easier to deal with last season. 

Whatever's in store for the Red Sox in 2020, and whenever the baseball season begins, we should expect some big things from Devers in his fourth season.

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

R.I.P. Bill Buckner. Ten months later.

Why was the former Red Sox first baseman, who died on May 27, 2019, trending on Twitter Friday night?

It can apparently be traced to New York Times political writer Maggie Haberman on Friday afternoon tweeting a link to Buckner's obit from ESPN.com from the day he died of complications from Lewy body dementia at 69.

Haberman has 1.2 million Twitter followers and it appears some of them thought this was new news.

Former Boston Globe columnist and current MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle tweeted a Buckner tribute a few hours after Haberman's tweet. 

R.I.P Bill Bucker tweets followed well into Friday night, along with plenty informing the tweeter that Buckner had passed away months earlier. 

Haberman appeared to acknowledge her odd timing in a follow-up tweet.

No matter. As Barnicle points out, Buckner ought not to be remembered for the error that was the first line in his obit, but as a terrific hitter (2,715 hits, .289 career batting average, National League-leading .324 in 1980) in a 22-year major league career with five teams (Dodgers, Cubs, two stints with the Red Sox, Angels and Royals). 

And really, anytime is a good time to look back at that.