Dustin Pedroia has been on the shelf since July 22 with a nagging right hamstring strain and he’s still a ways off from rejoining the Red Sox.
According to Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com, acting Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo said this afternoon that Pedroia is not expected to return until at least September 10. It appeared that he was close after taking batting practice on Monday, but tests today revealed that his hamstring hasn’t sufficiently healed.
“He had some imagining done and the imaging is saying that he needs to continue strengthening for another ten days which will get him right around to the end of the month where he’ll begin running activity and ramp up for 10-14 days,” Lovullo said. “And sometime around the 10th of September we’re looking for his return. Inside of that first set of strengthening we’ll also include hitting, some really light ground balls, nothing too strenuous. All along the lines of continuing to strengthen that area behind his knee and get him ready for some running activity to ramp him up for that day in September.”
With the Red Sox playing out the string in what will likely be their second straight last-place finish, there’s no need to push things. It’s too bad about the hamstring, as Pedroia was having a really nice year before initially suffering the injury in late June. He went 1-for-22 upon his return before hitting the disabled list again. Pedroia is batting .287 with nine home runs and a .774 OPS over 75 games on the year.
It’s winner-take-all tonight. The Brewers are out for their first National League pennant in franchise history, while the Dodgers will look to secure back-to-back pennant wins for the first time since 1977-78. Taking the mound: Right-handers Jhoulys Chacín and Walker Buehler, both of whom were last seen in Game 3 of the NLCS. Chacín fired 5 1/3 shutout innings of three-hit, six-strikeout ball to secure his second win of the 2018 postseason, while Buehler took his first loss after allowing four runs and striking out eight over seven innings.
Here are the lineups for Game 7:
1. Joc Pederson (L) LF
2. Max Muncy (L) 1B
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Walker Buehler (R) P
David Freese will sit out of the Dodgers’ series finale, though he could be brought in later to pinch-hit. In his place, Max Muncy will shift from second to first base, with Chris Taylor covering second and Joc Pederson slotting into the left field corner and batting leadoff. Taylor and Puig have also swapped places in the batting order, with Puig getting bumped up to the no. 6 spot for Saturday’s game.
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
5. Jesús Aguilar (R) 1B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacín (R) P
Not surprisingly, there are no changes on the Brewers’ end here. They’ll try to replicate yesterday’s 7-2 stunner as they face off against Walker Buehler for a World Series berth.
Game time is scheduled for 8:09 PM EDT at Miller Park.