Dustin Pedroia rejoined the Red Sox immediately following the All-Star break after 16 missing games due to a strained right hamstring, but now he’s headed right back to the disabled list with the very same injury.
According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Pedroia didn’t aggravate the hamstring on a specific play. It’s worth noting that he didn’t go on a minor league rehab assignment prior to rejoining the Red Sox last week, though there’s no guarantee that would have made a difference in how things played out. He went 1-for-22 after being activated, which has dropped his batting average from .306 to .287 on the year.
The Red Sox beat the Tigers in 11 innings last night, but still sit at 43-54 on the year, 11 games back in the American League East. And things don’t figure to get much better with another extended absence for one of their most important players.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.