Dustin Pedroia diagnosed with bruise, likely to play Friday

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Comcast SportsNet New England’s Sean McAdam reports that Dustin Pedroia has only a bruised kneecap and is likely to play in Friday’s game for the Red Sox.

Pedroia was sent back to Boston after Wednesday’s game for an examination, and it was reported that he might need surgery that could sideline him for a month.

However, it appears that the root of Pedroia’s knee pain isn’t cartilage damage after all.  Bruises can be problematic on their own, but if that’s the only injury, no long-term absence is likely.

Hitting just .247/.361/.338 through 231 at-bats, Pedroia has struggled for much of the season, leading to speculation that he’s been playing through injuries.

Pedroia didn’t rejoin the Red Sox in New York for Thursday’s game, but the team is getting Jed Lowrie back from a shoulder injury tonight.  He’ll return to shortstop, while Marco Scutaro moves to second in Pedroia’s place.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.