Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox notes: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez sit with physical issues

Rob Bradford
June 16, 2015 - 9:57 am

Both Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez started Tuesday's game against the Braves on the bench, with physical issues plaguing both players. Prior to the series finale, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Pedroia was sitting out due to left knee soreness. The ailment stemmed from a takeout slide at second base during Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays. "Pedey's got some left knee soreness that stems from a collision at second base a couple of days ago," Farrell said. "There's a little bit of fluid buildup in there. We're taking precautions with him. Hanley aggravated his mid-back last night with a swing early in the game and it continued to persist throughout the night and needs a day down." When asked about the particular incident that injured Pedroia -- which is believed to happen in the fifth inning against the Blue Jays -- Farrell said it didn't appear serious at the time "Yeah it was a slide into second base that he received the throw," the manager said. "It wasn't a major collision. A little bit of an awkward spot as we've even gone back to review the video of it. Felt a little different in it yesterday but played. Coming in today, felt it was best to continue to receive treatment throughout the day today." Pedroia has been the Red Sox' hottest hitter, most recently going 2-for-3 with a walk in his team's 4-2 loss to the Braves Monday night. For June, the second baseman is hitting .397 with a 1.005 OPS in 14 games. Ramirez is out after aggravating his mid-back on a swing Monday night. Farrell also noted that Shane Victorino (calf) could be on the verge of making a rehab assignment following the Sox' upcoming two-game set in Atlanta. Nothing has been scheduled, with the timetable dependent on how the outfielder comes through the next two days of tests.