Red Sox notes: Alex Cora catches up with Dustin Pedroia

Rob Bradford
June 15, 2019 - 5:47 pm

Dustin Pedroia is out of sight, but, as Alex Cora pointed out to reporters Saturday, that doesn't mean he's out of mind.

Cora passed along that he has been in communication with the Red Sox' second baseman recently, even with Pedroia spending time away with his family in Northern California.

"I talked to him. We’ve been texting," Cora said. "But we talked a week ago. They went to visit his parents in California, hanging out with the kids. I think he was at a lake or something. A Holiday Inn Express, he’s staying there. I’m like, you’re staying there? He’s like, ‘Yeah this is life.’ I think the other day in the hitter’s meetings, he face-timed the guys. He’s hanging out with Kelli and the kids and disconnecting himself from this madness and just relaxing, which is good."

Cora talked about how healthy Pedroia's mindset seems to be despite continuing to deal with a career-threatening knee injury.

"Kelli has been there the whole time. He needed that time with the kids instead of the kids watching Dad icing and do all this stuff to get ready for the next day," the Red Sox manager said. "Now it’s like, let’s see what we’re going to do today. I think it’s refreshing for him and something the family needed."

There is no timetable for Pedroia's next step, with the 35-year-old choosing to take a break from attempting to rehab his left knee in order to spend time at home in Arizona with his family.

- Cora surmised that Ryan Brasier, who is currently on the bereavement list, will make his return to the 25-man roster Monday in Minnesota.

Brasier last pitched June 10.

- Rehabbing Hector Velazquez (back) pitched Saturday for the Single-A Lowell Spinners, with Steve Pearce joining him at LeLacheur Park to play five innings in the field at first base.

Steven Wright, who is eligible to come off the suspended list June 25, will make his third appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket Monday. The knuckleballer is coming off a three-inning stint in which he didn't allow a run or walk, giving up two hits while striking out a pair.

- Despite Jackie Bradley Jr.'s recent hot streak, Cora noted that there are no plans to move the lefty hitter up in the order.

"It’s just the nature of who we are in our lineup," the manager said. "I think Christian (Vazquez) has swung the bat well the whole season. Hitting him in front of Jackie is good. I mean, sometimes you think about it and you’re like, how, why does this happen? Because what he’s doing now is unreal. Driving the ball all over. He took one swing in Toronto. That ball he hit yesterday, not too many people go up there. He’s controlling the strike zone. Even the strikeouts are very competitive. (Friday) he took a pitch up in the zone and he thought it was up. He went in and it was borderline. But you can see it. The cool thing is he’s smiling and he’s happy. Like he says, ‘It’s not cool to smile when you’re struggling. It’s not easy.’ I want them to have fun but I understand. I went through that. About three-quarters of my career I struggled offensively so I wasn’t happy but I had to show up. It’s cool to see him, his body language. He’s in a great place. You never know, never know what can happen. We might. But as of now, it feels right. It gives us somebody who is getting on base for those guys on top of the lineup and a guy that can drive in runs with traffic. We’re just happy we stuck with it. That’s why. That’s the reason. What he does defensively is a plus. We know he brings that on a daily basis. But we know he’s going to find it. It’s just a matter of when. It seems like this year is sooner than last year. Should be fun. Just stay with it."

Bradley Jr. entered Saturday hitting .211 after having bottomed out at .142 in May 8. Starting with the first game in Toronto on May 20, he has totaled a .316 batting average and 1.109 OPS in his previous 24 games.

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