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Dustin Pedroia returns from disabled list

Jul 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Dustin Pedroia, Cody Ross AP

After 15 days off due to a thumb injury, Dustin Pedroia was activated from the disabled list Thursday and will be back in the lineup for the final game of the series against the White Sox.

Mauro Gomez was sent down to make room, as the Red Sox opted to keep both Pedro Ciriaco and Nick Punto as utilitymen.

Ciriaco was terrific while filling in for Pedroia, hitting .400 with six RBI and three steals in nine games. It will be interesting to see if the Red Sox start giving him some time over Mike Aviles at shortstop. He is the better defender of the two, and while he can’t match Aviles’ power, it’s as though Aviles has been a real asset with his .286 on-base percentage this season.

Update: Boston has Pedroia hitting third behind Carl Crawford tonight, with Adrian Gonzalez in the cleanup spot. Ciriaco is DHing and batting ninth.

  1. Jack Marshall - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Does Nick Punto have pictures of Ben Cherrington with a dead prostitute or something? Why keep him around with a younger, better option like Ciriaco? The Sox need a DH type while Ortiz is down, and Mauro fits the bill.

    I have to think there is more coming.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      I’m still confused as to why Punto was pinch-hitting in the ninth with the Sox down by two on Tuesday. He must also have some serious dirt on Bobby V.

      • oldpaddy - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        More like bobby v plays hunches like my ex wife eats hamburgers, too f’n much.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Like someone on here says a lot- Needs more Punto!

    • The Rabbit - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Does Nick Punto have pictures of Ben Cherrington with a dead prostitute or something?
      Exactly what I thought when I saw Punto was kept and Mauro was sent down..but..I’ve arrived at the conclusion that Punto must have pictures of someone much higher up the food chain, such as Bud Light. I’ve seen Punto surviving similar situations on his previous teams. There must be an unwritten rule from the top that he stays on the roster no matter what.
      BTW Scrappiness is overrated.

  2. oldpaddy - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    The big question is who bats second?

  3. offseasonblues - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    No question Aviles’s OBP is terrible, but you might want to watch Aviles play and look at Fangraphs before questioning his fielding and overall value.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      I think he’s impressed everyone with his play at short.

      You won’t see many better than this:

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