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.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.