Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox notes: Dustin Pedroia target return date Sept. 10; Team knows Dave Dombrowski is evaluating

Ryan Hannable
August 20, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has had a little bit of a set back when it comes to returning from his hamstring injury that has kept him out of the lineup since July 22. Pedroia had an MRI Thursday and it said more strengthening is needed and the team is now setting a target return date of Sept. 10. The Red Sox are off on Sept. 10, but will play the Rays in Tampa Sept. 11. "Imaging is saying he needs to continuing strengthening for another 10 days, which will get him right around the end of the month where he'll begin some running activity and ramp up for 10-14 days and sometime around Sept. 10 we're looking for his return," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "Now, inside of that first set of strengthening will also include some hitting, some really light ground balls, nothing too strenuous -- all along the lines of continuing to strengthen that area behind the knee and get him ready for some running activity to ramp him up." "At least it'€™s healing up good," Pedroia said. "It'€™s healing good but they would like to do strengthening for another 10 days and let that gap heal up a little bit more and then start my running progression. I feel a lot better than when I played before." He added while it's disappointing to have him miss even more time, there's no need to rush him back. "It's one of those things where we are a little disappointed, but we understand when you have an injured player like that it takes time to recuperate," Lovullo said. "You can't force a player to get in there too quickly. We don't want to put any of our guys in harms way. Here's one of our best players, one of our leaders who we've been missing for awhile, but it's given some other players a chance to play. We need Dustin. We want Dustin and we know he will be back as soon as possible." "That'€™s what my concern was at first, safety of playing," Pedroia said of possibly re-injuring the ailment. "Now I'€™m in a situation where I'€™m going to wait until it'€™s healed completely and then I can ramp everything up." Steven Wright is still on the 7-day concussion disabled list and the team will get more information on his status Friday. There was a chance he could have started Saturday earlier in the week, but Matt Barnes will continue on in the rotation and get the start Saturday. "He's going to have an evaluation tomorrow and we'll be able to find out a little bit more information of where he's at and start to hopefully move in a direction to get some baseball activity," Lovullo said of Wright. "We won't know anything until tomorrow." With Dave Dombrowski now officially on board as president of baseball operations, Lovullo said the two have talked, but haven't had any extensive discussions when it comes to specific on-field decisions. He expects those will happen at some point. "Just real light stuff. Just quick personnel baseball talk," Lovullo said. "It hasn't got that specific. I know he's been very busy, but I know that he's making his way down here and in time we're going to start to have a little more intimate type of conversation where we're going to pass along information if he needs it. Just move forward with what we can do to help this team progress as quickly as possible. We're all here for the same reason." "We're really excited to sit down with Dave and hear what he has to say and what these new eyes are going to throw at us," he added. "It should be real interesting baseball conversations." Not only are the players being evaluated, but the coaching staff too. Lovullo said he's been around the game long enough to know everyone can be evaluated at any time. "You learn that in this game you're evaluated every day," he said. "It's something that we're conditioned to. I've played the game long enough to know that on a given night you can do something that can be evaluated right or wrong. Certainly. We all know that Dave has come on and we all know that he's watching things very closely, but it's not going to change our perspective. "It's not going to change our outlook. It's not going to change anything about what we've done or where we're trying to get to. We're going to continue as a group, that's the players and staff. We're going to continue to work as hard as we can to do as much of the right thing as we can to win baseball games." (Rob Bradford contributed to this report)