NEW YORK -- According to The New York Times, Bobby Valentine suffered minor injuries to his knees and hip riding his bike in Central Park on Tuesday afternoon. The Red Sox manager was reading a text from second baseman Dustin Pedroia, informing the manager that he would play despite a broken finger, and according to the newspaper, when he looked up from the text, he had to avoid a collision.
From The New York Times:
On the wet, slippery path, Valentine was reading a text on his phone from Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox second baseman, and riding his bicycle. When he looked up, he had to swerve to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists walking in front of him. The bike skidded, and he lost his balance and went careening head over pedals down the side of the hill by the road.
“I shouldn’t have been reading a text while I was riding, ” he said. “That’s the wrong thing to do. But at least I was wearing my helmet.”
Valentine made light of the incident prior to Tuesday's game, when discussing his surprise about Pedroia's decision to play.
"Was I surprised when I got the text that he said he was fine?" Valentine said. "I fell off my bike. Literally."
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