Red Sox may shut down Dustin Pedroia for the season

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Dustin Pedroia returned last week from a concussion, but now he’s dealing with a left wrist injury and Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox may decide to shut the second baseman down for the rest of the season.

According to manager John Farrell an MRI exam showed inflammation and he’ll be examined further to determine if surgery is needed. It’s a problem he’s been playing through for most of the season.

Pedroia has hit a career-low .278 with seven homers and a career-worst .712 OPS in 135 games after posting an OPS above .780 in each of his first seven full seasons. He’s owed another $97 million through 2021 as part of a contract extension signed last July.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.