After MLB suspended Matt Barnes for four games on Monday for throwing in the head area of Manny Machado, Barnes said he would appeal, but two days later the reliever has dropped the appeal and will begin serving his four-game suspension Wednesday night against the Yankees.

Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After MLB suspended Matt Barnes for four games on Monday for throwing in the head area of Manny Machado, Barnes said he would appeal, but two days later the reliever has dropped the appeal and will begin serving his four-game suspension Wednesday night against the Yankees.

“People are going to think what they want,” Barnes said after the game. “All I know was I was trying to go up and in, trying to get some weak contact with [Adam] Jones on first. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody’s head. That’s potentially life-changing and that’s unacceptable.”

The four-game ban will have him out until Sunday night against the Cubs.

Since Barnes was suspended, the Red Sox can not call up a reliever, so they will be down a man in the bullpen. It will be a setup man by committee leading to Craig Kimbrel until Sunday.

In other news, Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup for a third straight game following the hard slide from Manny Machado last Friday night in Baltimore. Manager John Farrell noted the wet conditions played a factor in the decision. On Tuesday, Farrell said he would have played if they had a game, but woke up more sore on Wednesday.

“Pedey is still dealing with some soreness in the left knee,” he said. “After some work he did yesterday here before the game, or the would be game, felt like there was still some lingering symptoms there. I will be honest with you, with the wet grounds tonight I wasn’t going to take any further risk for potential misfooting to put him at risk further. He’s day-to-day and hope he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— David Price will indeed face batters for the first time since spring training Saturday at Fenway Park. He had a good work session Wednesday.

“Threw the ball well,” Farrell said. “A normal bullpen that would be in between starts type of bullpen. He’s on tap to face hitters on Saturday here.”

— Brock Holt, who is on the DL with vertigo is progressing, but hasn’t been able to get on the field due to the weather.

“We haven’t been able to get on the field the last three days,” Farrell said. “The day off, the rain even today keeping us off the field for any work. We’re looking at another day or two of early work to go through all fielding drills before we get him out on a rehab assignment. The symptoms that caused the onset of the vertigo, that seems to be cleared up. The virus had some effect on that. He’s getting closer to getting out into some games.”

— Reliever Tyler Thornburg hasn’t got on the mound yet as he works his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in spring training. Farrell admitted it is taking longer than expected.

“You know, he’s throwing long toss out to 120 feet,” he said. “No change from what we talked about prior to the rain out yesterday. He’s still in the long toss phase. We’re hopeful to get him to at least 150 feet before we would introduce the mound. I think even by his own account this has taken longer than he even anticipated. He’s in that long toss phase and he will be on the mound as soon as first available.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It was the surprise of the day.

When John Farrell went on the Dale, Holley & Keefe Show and said Dustin Pedroia wouldn’t be in the starting lineup, it caught most by surprise. Farrell had just said the day before he would have put the second baseman in the batting order Tuesday if the game wasn’t postponed.

So what happened? Pedroia explained …

Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

It was the surprise of the day.

When John Farrell went on the Dale, Holley & Keefe Show and said Dustin Pedroia wouldn’t be in the starting lineup, it caught most by surprise. Farrell had just said the day before he would have put the second baseman in the batting order Tuesday if the game wasn’t postponed.

So what happened? Pedroia explained …

“I did some activities yesterday, kind of tested it out a little bit. Just a little sore,” the second baseman told WEEI.com regarding his surgically-repaired left knee, which was sprained when Baltimore’s Manny Machdo slid into it Friday night. “They’re just going to give me one more day and I’ll be in there.”

Considering the knee was the one Pedroia had to rehab all offseason, it seemed fair to consider that this might be a concern going forward. But the 33 year old downplayed any potential lasting effects.

“I didn’t tear any ligaments or anything,” Pedroia said. “I’m hoping to get out there tomorrow and be fine. I did a lot of stuff today to test it and be ready. I’ve played through a lot worse. I can’t hurt myself by being out there.”

“Well, when Dr. [Peter] Asnis examined him, felt like there was still some strong stability in the knee,” Farrell said. “Recognizing there was still some swelling in the ankle and somewhat around the knee area. Given the impact that took place, we didn’t think this was going to be completely gone in a matter of two or three days either.”

In Pedroia’s place in the lineup for the series opener is once again Marco Hernandez.

Another backup infielder who might be filling in if not for his own ailment is Brock Holt, who reported that his vertigo had improved dramatically and was expecting to go on a rehab assignment in the coming days.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

A day after manager John Farrell said Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) would be in the lineup if Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game was played, he is out of the lineup on Wednesday.

On Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe earlier in the afternoon, Farrell said Pedroia woke up more sore and the wet conditions played a factor.

Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

A day after manager John Farrell said Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) would be in the lineup if Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game was played, he is out of the lineup on Wednesday.

On Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe earlier in the afternoon, Farrell said Pedroia woke up more sore and the wet conditions played a factor.

With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list, Josh Rutledge will get the start at third base and Marco Hernandez will be at second base. The Red Sox will be going up against Yankees right-hander Luis Serverino.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Xander Bogaerts, SS
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Josh Rutledge, 3B
Marco Hernandez, 2B
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, RHP

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The current forecast for the Fenway area calls for sustained periods of rain to continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours, with temperatures in the low 40’s.

The Red Sox and Yankees were postponed Tuesday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox and Yankees were postponed Tuesday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The current forecast for the Fenway area calls for sustained periods of rain to continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours, with temperatures in the low 40’s.

The game has been rescheduled for the July series against the Yankees at Fenway Park as the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, July 16, beginning at 1:05 p.m.

Tickets for tonight’s game will be good for admission to the rescheduled contest in July.

The Red Sox are scheduled to play the Yankees on Wednesday and Thursday before a weekend series against the Cubs at Fenway.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

David Price threw a bullpen session on Monday at Fenway Park as he works his way back from an elbow injury suffered during spring training.

Since it was an off-day, reporters didn’t have the chance to approach Price about the session afterwards, so Price took to Twitter on Tuesday to say how it went and to say that’s all he would be saying on the matter.

David Price threw a bullpen session on Monday at Fenway Park as he works his way back from an elbow injury suffered during spring training.

Since it was an off-day, reporters didn’t have the chance to approach Price about the session afterwards, so Price took to Twitter on Tuesday to say how it went and to say that’s all he would be saying on the matter.

It’s unclear the motive for the tweets, but regardless it doesn’t appear to be sending a good message.

Blog Author: 
WEEI