Dustin Pedroia exits game after taking check-swing foul off of his face

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Monday’s game against the Orioles in the fourth inning after taking a check-swing foul ball off of his face. Brock Holt pinch-hit for Pedroia and doubled.

As CSN New England’s Evan Drellich tells it, Pedroia checked his swing and sent a foul ball off of the plate and back into his face, hitting him in the nose. He stumbled in pain towards the Orioles dugout and was attended to by a trainer shortly thereafter. Pedroia was apparently bleeding as well.

The Red Sox should provide an update on Pedroia’s status shortly. He was 0-for-1 before departing. On the season, he is batting .303/.377/.405 with seven home runs, 58 RBI, and 46 runs scored in 437 plate appearances.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.