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Dustin Pedroia exits Saturday’s game with a head injury

Aug 30, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

Dustin Pedroia AP

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Saturday’s game in the second inning with a head injury. He suffered the injury attempting to apply a tag to Logan Forsythe, who was advancing from first base to second base on Ryan Hanigan‘s deep fly ball to center field, which allowed James Loney to score.

Forsythe slid head-first and lifted up his right arm to avoid Pedroia’s glove. In rotating his arm around, he appeared to elbow Pedroia in the temple on the left side of his head — it did not appear to be intentional. Pedroia was down for a while before leaving the field with the help of manager John Farrell and a team trainer. Brock Holt moved from third base to second base, and Will Middlebrooks entered the game to man the hot corner. Pedroia grounded out to shortstop in his only at-bat on the evening.

The severity of the injury is not yet known as the Red Sox have not provided updates at the moment.

Here’s video of the play.

  1. 1998yanks - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Looks like he will have a shiner, but hopefully that is it. Dustin is true ball player that I love to watch play even if he is a division rival. Hope he is back out there soon.

    • shockgee - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Good on you 1998yanks. You know, as a Sox fan there is that rivalry and intensity when they play one another and it’s out of respect for two top tier and historic ball clubs, but these punks down in Tampa, they have zero respect for a true rivalry and act like entitled D-Bags, every last one of them. Don’t care if they’re a small market team. They run their mouth, whine all the time and act like it’s not their problem when they retaliate. Playing the victim card every chance they get, and it comes from the top. Maddon with his hipster attitude and pompous big word post-games, he’s just a jerk. And his players act like jerks. That’s why you get dirty plays like this. Take these next two and finish their season. Get well Pedey, you’re a true warrior.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        I think that Maddon is a hell of a coach for what he is given for players.Every team in the division has at least twice the salary that Tampa has.As for the rivalry,eh maybe to some of the fans on both clubs(Yanks/Sox)who liked to get riled up.Too many players have the same agents,play the same charity golf tournaments and got to know each other in the minors that the intense hatred of each other like in the 70’s to 90’s is gone.Also 2004 happened.

    • sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Pedroia doesn’t come out of a game due to a shiner. Heck, he played just about an entire year with a ruptured tendon in his thumb. I’m thinking concussion.

  2. sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Screw you, Forsythe. If you’re not suspended (or even if you are) expect a beanball.

  3. sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Not intentional? That’s about as intentional as it gets.

    • skeleteeth - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      No it’s not. Who goes into second head first and thinks I’m gonna throw an elbow at someone? He OBVIOUSLY was trying to avoid a swipe tag like so many baserunners do these days. Incidental contact. Move along….

      • sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        “Who goes into second head first and thinks I’m gonna throw an elbow”?

        Forsythe. Anybody who thinks this was incidental either hasn’t seen the footage or needs to have their head examined.

  4. longfootlefty - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    It only looks intentional if you are looking at it wrong.

    Forsythe is clearly moving his arm not just to avoid a tag, but also to plant his right hand on the other side of the base so he can stop and not overslide the bag.

    • sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Hey, color those glasses how you want.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        Right back at ya.

      • sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Oh BS. It was obvious he was trying to hit Pedroia. Any idiot can see that.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        Hey, color those glasses how you want.

      • yankeefan1950 - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        ” It was obvious he was trying to hit Pedroia. Any idiot can see that.” At least you admit it.

  5. sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    And here we reach the phenomenon, unadmitted to by most of humanity, called “downthumb because everyone else is doing it”. Grow a brain.

    • longfootlefty - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Pretty sure people are giving you those thumbs because you are talking like that fake-macho moron Kirk Gibson, thinking that retaliation for something completely unintentional is justified.

      • sabatimus - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        Um, no. I’m not saying the Sox SHOULD throw at Forsythe. I’m saying that Forsythe should EXPECT to be thrown at. Key difference, there.

      • sabatimus - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        Btw, unintentional my ass.

  6. sabatimus - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Dale Hunter is applauding at that elbow.

  7. theskinsman - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Crap happens.I just hope he’s back at 100% soon. The rays aren’t good enough to be worthy of hated rival status.

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