Pedroia expects to be in Wednesday's lineup
Right shoulder doing OK, Koji could return to closing duties on Thursday
CHICAGO -- The worry that the Red Sox had in New York about two of their best players being sidelined had dissipated by the time they arrived at a frigid U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday.
While Dustin Pedroia and Koji Uehara remained out of action for the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox, they should both be available before the series ends.
In fact, Pedroia, who has inflammation in his left wrist, fully expects to be in manager John Farrell's lineup on Wednesday.
Uehara, who was experiencing tightness in his right shoulder, will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday with the expectation of being available to close on Thursday.
Pedroia was greatly relieved to know he dodged what could have been a major injury.
"Very [relieved]. If it was broke, I would have been out a long time," said Pedroia. "It's good news. Hopefully I'll be in there tomorrow. They gave me a shot to calm everything down. Hopefully it takes. They say 24 to 48 hours to kick in and then get out there and go."
The injury occurred on April 4, when Pedroia got taken out on a slide by Carlos Gomez. The fact that it was the same hand on which he had thumb surgery created perhaps more worry by Pedroia.
"Yeah, I was a little bit worried. It was getting worse every day," Pedroia said. "It happens. I get taken out every day. It's my job. I just felt like it was part of the deal. I'm still obviously doing the rehab on my thumb stuff. Everything just got inflamed and then I keep swinging and playing, it just adds up, and so you think something is really wrong."
Uehara also was worried because the twinge he felt on Friday was similar to what he remembers in Texas two years ago with what wound up being an extended injury. But it appears he will be fine.
"It's getting better day by day, each day," said Uehara. "The fact there was no structural damage yesterday, that gave me a lot of peace of mind. I think it was more mental, the fact I had the same kind of feeling two years ago, that was sort of a sticking point."
Wearing No. 42 'means a lot' to Bradley
CHICAGO -- As Jackie Bradley Jr. ran out to center field for the Red Sox on Tuesday night, he felt privileged to have No. 42 on his back, in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Every player in the game wore that number on Tuesday in keeping with the recent tradition of Jackie Robinson Day.
"It means a lot," said Bradley. "Everybody is representing Jackie Robinson for that special day and giving thanks for everything he's done for the game of baseball, for all sports. It's just a special day."
As an African-American, Bradley learned quickly about Robinson during his youth.
"I think it was something I knew at a very early age, especially being African-American," said Bradley. "I think probably before I even started playing baseball, I knew all about Jackie Robinson."
Bradley enjoyed seeing the motion picture "42" that depicted Robinson's life.
"It was something, kind of like a recap for me, because I had known so much about him, I had seen documentaries before the actual movie and it was great that I could see a modern-times version of it," Bradley said. "I saw the Jackie Robinson documentary when he actually played himself in the movie. To see it nowadays, it was still pretty cool."
Red Sox manager John Farrell is grateful that baseball has a day to honor Robinson's legacy.
"This is a great day for the game, to acknowledge all that he's meant to society," Farrell said. "Personally, I could never even fathom what he went through, the challenges that he faced. But I think it's rightfully done that we all wear his number tonight. And this is also a way that baseball has reflected society. Without being too philosophical, this is a great day and very deserving for Jackie and his family."
Farrell talks with La Russa about replay system
CHICAGO -- After expressing his exasperation with the expanded replay system over the weekend, manager John Farrell spoke with Tony La Russa by phone.
La Russa, the former manager, is one of the people taking the lead on the replay system for Major League Baseball.
"I spoke to Tony, and we talked more about the early stages of the system that's in place and some of the adjustments that we're all going through, whether it's the interpretation of the replays or how it's affecting us in our decision-making on the field," said Farrell. "So we're in those growing pains right now. I can't say there's going to be any adjustments or changes based on what we've experienced over the weekend, but overall it was a good conversation."
Farrell challenged a call on Saturday and was not successful, only to have MLB acknowledge after the game it should have been overturned and they didn't get the right camera angle at the time.
On Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged a double-play call against his team, and he was successful in getting it overturned, despite what Farrell vehemently felt was inconclusive footage. The Yankees scored a run on the play, and won the game by one run.
Farrell said after Sunday's game it was hard to have any faith in the system.
"I've not heard anything directly, but I guess I would say I'm expecting some fine to be levied," said Farrell.