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.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.