John Farrell

Red Sox notes: John Farrell has hernia surgery, replaced by Torey Lovullo; No timetable for Dustin Pedroia

Rob Bradford
August 11, 2015 - 3:10 pm

MIAMI -- By the time John Farrell strolled through the clubhouse two hours before first pitch, he was still in street clothes. It for good reason. Farrell was late arriving to Marlins Park due to hernia surgery, performed Monday in Detroit. After staying overnight, the Red Sox manager made his way to Florida for the series opener, seemingly walking with a good deal of discomfort. "I'€™m here," Farrell said with a chuckle when asked how he was feeling. "This was something that reared its head on Friday. After some tests on Saturday, it was determined that it was needed to be taken care of yesterday morning, Monday. And overnight in the hospital, come down here. I won'€™t win a sprint race right now, I can tell you that, but we'€™re here." Having to conduct his pregame media session while standing up, Farrell explained that he already went through how maneuvering during the game would be handled with bench coach Torey Lovullo. Just before game-time, however, it was determined that Farrell would spend the game resting back at the team hotel, with Lovullo taking over the managing duties. "Here's a guy that wants to be here," said Lovullo after the Red Sox' 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Marlins. "I know he really, really wants to be a part of this but it was a little too much to ask his body to be here. The doctors talked to him and asked him to get some rest." Lovullo added, "John wanted to be here and at a certain point Doc [Larry] Ronan saw a couple of symptoms that told him he better go home and get some rest. You get to a certain spot where you have to sit back and listen to a professional. John went back and wisely got some rest." Farrell explained the injury came out of nowhere. "It just kind of cropped up," he said. "I actually tossed my equipment bag in New York, so any kind of rotational burst of movement is typically what causes it. It seems to be the culprit late Thursday night." - Dustin Pedroia, who hasn't played since July 22 due to the re-aggravation of his hamstring injury, doesn't have a timetable for his return. Farrell said the hope is that Pedroia could resume baseball activities at the end of the month. "We'll take him through another precautionary MRI at that point just to see how the injury has healed up and where he's at, the strength testing that he'll go through," the manager said. "That'€™s where we're at with that." According to a team source, the plan is to have Pedroia conduct what would be his second MRI when the Red Sox return home from their current road trip. Farrell did note the importance of Pedroia returning to action prior to the end of the season. "I think it would be beneficial to everyone, particularly for Pedey," he said. "Keeping in mind we don'€™t want to jeopardize anything, if he can go into the offseason knowing he got back on the field and feels like there's no restrictions, that would be helpful to everyone." - Mookie Betts was back in the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday, coming off the seven-day concussion disabled list. Also joining Betts on the active roster were relievers Tommy Layne and Ryan Cook. The Red Sox' roster spots vacated where due to the DFA of Justin Masterson, Koji Uehara going on the 15-day disabled list (broken wrist), and the demotion of shortstop Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket. - Farrell elaborated on the diagnosis of Uehara, who had been struck in the right wrist with an Ian Kinsler line drive Friday night. "I think everybody who saw the line drive, you hold your collective breath," Farrell said. "Unfortunately, the fracture shows up. I know Koji is such a competitor, he doesn'€™t want to just shut down completely but his health is primary or the priority. After Friday night, and then to come in and have the CT-scan revealed as a fracture, it'€™s disappointing but we have to take care of Koji." For the remainder of the season, it appears as though the Red Sox might be reverting to closer by committee. "Well, we'€™ve got a couple of candidates to close," Farrell said. "I said the other day that Taz [Junichi Tazawa] would be one. Possibly [Jean] Machi. We'€™ll get Ryan Cook'€™s feet on the ground here. We'€™ll see where things go. We'€™ve got multiple options from which to choose from right now." - Rick Porcello threw 50 pitches Tuesday without any discomfort in his injured right triceps. He is slated to participate in game action Friday or Saturday.