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After spitting blood, Dustin Pedroia appears to have avoided serious injury

Rob Bradford
June 19, 2017 - 7:28 pm

KANSAS CITY -- The Red Sox and their manager feared the worse after watching the toll a pitch to the ribs took on Dustin Pedroia Sunday night.

"I was fine on the bases. I tried to steal third, I was fine. And then the next inning, I was kind spitting up a little bit of blood so they kind of freaked out and made me go get tested to make sure everything was OK. That’s it," Pedroia said.

He added, "I mean, I don’t know. It could have bit my lip, I don’t know. I just do it. Do what they told me. So they just checked me out. Pretty swollen and big and gross. They wanted to make sure I didn’t get on a plane and do something I shouldn’t be doing."

It led to the Red Sox immediately getting Pedroia X-rays before he boarded the team plane, with the results showing the second baseman had dodged a bullet. The hope, Farrell noted, was to perhaps get Pedroia back in the starting lineup for the series finale at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

It was just the latest in what has been a season of bumps and bruises for the 33 year old, who has still managed to play in 55 of the Red Sox' 69 games despite battling knee and wrist issues prior to the latest physical setback.

"I think after we saw Pedey last night in the ninth inning, the way it was reacting and the quick swelling, we were fearing the potential of a fracture in there," Farrell said. "Thankfully there’s not and we’ll get him back there when he’s first available."

Josh Rutledge will man second base with Pedroia out, putting Pablo Sandoal back in the starting lineup at third base.

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