After nearly a year in the wilderness, Dustin Pedroia is back. The Red Sox have activated their second baseman. He is hitting seventh and playing second base in today’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays
Pedroia appeared in only three games last year after having his left knee surgically repaired in Nov. 2017. He underwent a cleanup procedure on his left knee last July and that cost him the rest of the year. After seven spring training games, extended spring training in Fort Myers and then three games at A-ball where he went 3-for-9, the Red Sox have deemed him ready to go again.
Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez have covered second base in the first 11 games of the season, but Holt is on the injured list at the moment. For now they’ll want to rest Pedroia a lot, one assumes. Once Holt is back Alex Cora is going to have to figure something out. I imagine everyone is hoping that Pedroia returns to something close to his old form and makes his decision making much easier.
The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.
The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:
Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.
This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.
As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.