Dustin Pedroia Painfully Fouls Ball Off His Face, Injures Himself

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: MLB.com)

Clinging to a three-game lead in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox will probably have to do without All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia for a few days.

In the top of the fourth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night, the line-drive machine found himself on the wrong end of one of his own batted balls.

He fouled a pitch off his face.

Luckily, the ball detoured off the ground first to slow down just enough to tone down the severity of the injury.

Pedroia left the game and was replaced by Brock Holt, who socked a double in his stead then filled in at second base.

“He’s sore. He was bleeding pretty good,” said manager John Farrell after the game. “And that got him flush, right square in the nose. By the end of the game, he was back in the dugout. So we’ll see where he’s at when he comes in tomorrow.”

It’s the second time this season Pedroia has suffered a freak injury at Camden Yards. In late April, the second baseman missed a week after this Manny Machado slide caught him in the knee.

On Monday, the Red Sox mounted a comeback without their star infielder, winning 10-8 in 11 innings.

Pedroia is scheduled to undergo a CT scan on Tuesday.

On the year, Pedroia is hitting .303/.377/.405 with seven home runs and 58 RBI in 98 games.

The team has a three-game lead over the rival New York Yankees in the division.


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