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Red Sox’ Pedroia could be done for year

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BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia could miss the rest of the season with soreness in his left hand and left wrist. Boston manager John Farrell says Pedroia has been bothered by the ailment since midseason and an MRI on Tuesday showed increased inflammation.

In 135 games, Pedroia is batting .278 with seven homers and 53 RBIs. Last season, he hit .301 with nine homers and 84 RBIs before undergoing offseason surgery on his left thumb.

In other baseball news:

-Washington Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman, hoping to return before the end of the regular season, took on-field batting practice Tuesday for the first time since injuring his right hamstring in July. Zimmerman said a recent MRI was encouraging. He said he’s been able to run at about 50 to 60 percent of full speed.

-Major League Baseball has sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them.

*Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast


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