Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing the coming season and the improvements made to the Yankees' starting rotation.
Word emerged Tuesday that left fielder Carl Crawford had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist, with general manager ben Cherington penciling Crawford to begin hitting "at some pint in spring training." With uncertainty surrounding Crawford's return to the lineup, Pedroia expressed little concern.
"We'll be fine. Guys are going to have to step up," Pedroia said. "I just found out about Carl having surgery yesterday. Guys are going to have to step up. We'll weather the storm until he gets back. I don't know how long his rehab and stuff is going to be. You never know. He might be ready for opening day and stuff, so we're hoping he gets better soon and gets out there."
The Yankees added the likes of Michael Pineda via trade and Hiroki Kuroda via free agency, which heavily upgraded New York's starting rotation.
"They've got great stuff," Pedroia said of Pineda and Kuroda. "We faced both of them last year. We faced Pineda in Fenway. I think we scored some runs [seven over 4 1/3 innings], but you could just tell the stuff that he had. When he's on, he's not giving up many hits.
"Kuroda knows how to pitch, he's got great stuff and he's done it for so long. They definitely made their rotation a lot better, so we've still got our hands full with them."
As for Pedroia himself, the second baseman vowed to be in tip-top shape at the start of spring training.
"I'm going to look like Dolph Lundgren," Pedroia said. "I'm ready. I'm back."
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