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.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.