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.
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.
According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.
Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.