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Dustin Pedroia had X-Rays after taking a pitch to the ribs


Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent X-rays at a hospital in Houston after getting hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of Sunday night’s win over the Astros.

Good luck, thought: The scan was negative, and he was cleared to fly with the Red Sox to Kansas City for the Red Sox’ series against the Royals.

Manager John Farrell said after last night’s game that Pedroia began experiencing swelling and tightness around his lat and lost some range of motion, but this would now appear to be a day-to-day situation.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.