Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will open the season on the injured list, manager Alex Cora announced to reporters today (link via WEEI’s Rob Bradford). Cora stressed that there have been no setbacks for Pedroia in his return from the knee issues that limited him to three games last season. Rather, the veteran is simply still in the process of building up to be able to handle a full workload. He’ll play in games every other day for the remainder of exhibition games before returning to extended Spring Training to continue building up strength. Pedroia, Bradford writes, feels he will be sufficiently built up but didn’t voice frustration with the team’s decision to proceed with caution. Based on his comments, it doesn’t sound like he’s looking at a particularly lengthy absence to open the year. “It’s only, I think, a week or something, the plan that they set,” said Pedroia. “If it’s being smart for a week and we make sure I respond great to everything thrown at me then it’s a good decision.”
Here’s more from the AL East…
- After signing a late minor league deal with the Blue Jays, right-hander Bud Norris doesn’t have the benefit of a full spring audition for a roster spot, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com writes that Norris’ early work has impressed manager Charlie Montoyo. “He looked to me like a closer, a late-inning guy, pitching yesterday,” Montoyo said after Norris’ Jays debut, in which he struck out a pair of opposing hitters and reached the mid-90s with his fastball in a perfect inning. Righty Ken Giles is penciled in as the closer in Toronto, though Norris has no shortage of experience there after spending parts of the past two seasons as a closer in Anaheim and St. Louis, racking up a combined 47 saves in that role. He’ll reportedly earn a $3MM salary if he makes the roster.
- Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde still isn’t ready to make any declarations about which young players will make the Opening Day roster, writes Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Citing the Orioles’ active approach on the waiver wire and the multiple Rule 5 players in camp, Hyde said he likely wouldn’t make any such announcements to his players until March 25. The outfield mix, several bullpen spots and the team’s catching situation have all yet to be defined. Hyde did speak well of the versatility that both Cedric Mullins and Joey Rickard bring to the outfield, though neither has received any assurances yet, and there are also non-roster options like Eric Young Jr. still in the mix for a job.
Is perfect inning used for any 123 inning? Or only for what is defined as a perfect inning I.e. 9 pitches 3 strikeouts?
My apologies, it appears that the term for that is an immaculate inning.
Whats more perfect?
a. 27 pitches for 27 outs
b. 27 strikeouts
Great thought. I think the 27Ks is more perfect only if no free passes were issued.
I’d take 27 pitches for sure
You can give up 1 pitch hits vis single, double, etc. Even throw in some errors.
As long as you get some double or triple plays you will still have 27 outs on 27 pitches.
So, to quote a favorite announcer, “by way of the k” gets it for me
But a 27 pitch-27 outs is guaranteed to face the minimum amount of hitters. You could give up 100 home runs but still record 27 k’s
That sounds like an Orsillo-ism to me
Ahhh, Donny-boy. Definitely missed!
perfect game would be 27K on 81 pitches – provided there were no foul balls or foul tips. 81 pitches 27 outs wood never touches the ball.
It’s a long season so it’s best to be safe. That said, everything until recently was “opening day” so while it could not be an October issue, it does concern me.
this just in the Orioles are still garbage
You act as though anyone thinks otherwise.
Bud Norris is a toxic teammate. I can’t even imagine how awful the Padres locker room was late 2015 with Bud Norris, Derek Norris, BJ Upton and Matt Kemp all on team at the same time. I feel sorry for any of the young players on that team.
pretty much all guys you’d want to keep away from young players it seems
Why was B.J. Upton bad ?
If only they had Chuck Norris… But Chuck Norris wouldn’t play for the Padres, the Padres would play for Chuck Norris.
I just hope for Peddy’s Sale he can return to play out one more yr anyways.
Pedey was quoted talking about the next three years. Reading between the lines you wonder if he plans on playing out his contract then calling it a career.
What’s Buck Showalter doing these days?
Just announced his candidacy for Democratic nomination for president….
I don’t think you put a player on the injured list to have them prepare for a heavier workload. His knee hurts and it hurts like hell.
I’m sure both are true. Building back strength from an injury is what you use DL/IL time for.
That said, using muscles in a way they haven’t been used to in a long time does lead to quite a bit of soreness and pain, it’s expected. Or so I was regularly told in PT.
.. ja! …. another 100+M contract in the garbage! Jijijijij
This was certainly expected by me.
Even though hopes were higher.
If the Red Sox get anything out of Pedroia it will be as a DH.
That puts JDM in the outfield and JBJ, Pearce or Swihart in a weaker position to make the team.
Or they could simply just release Pedrioa, like they did Sandoval, and eat the contract.
Or lose a player like JBJ, Pearce or Swihart and hope Pedroia comes back.
Pedroia gets $15M, $13M, and $12M over the next 3 years.
That’s another $40M they have to eat.
They would NEVER release Peddy, he’s meant too much to the teams n fans. I could see Peddy retiringin deal with the Sox, but never release him, always was the heart n soul of the team. Besides how could a Sox fan compare him Panda?
Let Pete In
Move Chris Davis to the bullpen. Or better yet, start a new DH rule for first basemen.