Dustin Pedroia not expected to rejoin Red Sox until at least September 10

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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.

Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract

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Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.

Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.

Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.