Dustin Pedroia expected to miss around six weeks

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Sean McAdam of CSN New England heard from a source Sunday that injured Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is likely to miss between four and six weeks.

Pedroia was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot on Saturday after fouling a ball off the foot during Friday’s game against the Giants.  He has already been placed on the disabled list and is currently wearing a protective boot and using crutches. 

Pedroia has a meeting Monday with Boston-based foot specialist Dr. George Theodore, who should be able to provide us all with a more definitive recovery timetable.  He was batting .292/.370/.502 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, 24 doubles and eight stolen bases at the time of his injury.

The Red Sox acquired utilityman Eric Patterson from the A’s soon after getting the diagnosis on Pedroia, and Patterson is expected to see a good amount of time at second base for the next month or so.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus¬†last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.