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Concern for Pedroia

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 3, 2006 11:27 AM

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Today’s pregame news from the Fort (the Sox take on BC at 1 p.m. and Northeastern at 7 p.m.):

  • One thing we're watching is the condition of Sox shortstop/second base prospect Dustin Pedroia. He sat in the clubhouse with an ice pack around his left shoulder after a funny swing in Thursday's game against Minnesota; he said his shoulder went numb. Pedroia was scheduled to visit with Sox physicians this morning. The feeling in the shoulder came back, but Pedroia reports the back of his shoulder is very sore. He was scheduled to get a lot of playing time with Alex Gonzalez off to the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela. Pedroia was hoping it was just a strained muscle and he could resume action soon. His injury has prompted the Sox to bring up former Stanford star Jed Lowrie, a sandwich pick between the first and second round. It's also opened up playing time for Alejandro Machado, who has done nothing but impress manager Terry Francona.

  • Curt Schilling was scheduled to throw between 30-35 pitches against the Boston College Eagles this afternoon. Bronson Arroyo is slated for tomorrow’s game against Pittsburgh. Tim Wakefield is slated for Sunday and Josh Beckett on Monday.

  • Francona thinks it might be about a week before Manny Ramirez gets into games. Francona said Ramirez could always accelerate it depending on how his batting practice sessions go. Francona has also offered a chance to take some of David Ortiz' vacated DH at-bats if he needs them.

  • Francona wasn't too worried about David Murphy's four strikeouts against the Twins. Francona said he didn't have to say anything to the young outfielder.

  • Here's the lineup for the day game:
    1. Willie Harris -- CF
    2. Mark Loretta -- 2B
    3. Trot Nixon -- RF
    4. Mike Lowell -- 3B
    5. Kevin Youkilis -- 1B
    6. Josh Bard -- C
    7. Louis Jiminez -- DH
    8. Brandon Moss -- LF
    9. Alejandro Machado -- SS

  • Ch. 5's Natalie Jacobson is here doing a Sox story. Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner were both interviewed.

  • Boston College showed up wearing their gold jerseys. They gathered around the batting cage while the Sox took BP.

  • Keith Foulke was scheduled to throw on the side today, as was David Wells.

  • We'll update Schilling's outing after the first game. The Sox host Northeastern tonight.

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