Injuries shelve Dustin Pedroia, Derek Jeter for Yankees-Red Sox finale
Sunday night's series finale between the Red Sox and Yankees will have two big names watching from the bench. A sore right quadriceps muscle has Derek Jeter out of the lineup for a second straight game, and a sore left wrist caused Dustin Pedroia to be scratched a couple of hours before game time.
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Jeter's quad has been bothering him since spring training. Jeter, who missed the majority of last season with ankle and calf issues, was also out of the lineup on Saturday, but despite the soreness, Jeter will reportedly not undergo tests on his injured quad. The 39-year-old Jeter has a .718 OPS through his first 41 plate appearances in 2014, though only two of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases. Dean Anna will fill in for Jeter at shortstop.
As for Pedroia, the second baseman is suffering from a wrist injury he suffered during last week's series against the Brewers, and according to the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, he'll fly back to Boston on Monday to have the wrist checked out. Pedroia has gotten off to a slow start this season, with a .236 average and no walks through his first 55 plate appearances, and since the end of the series against Milwaukee, Pedroia has gone just 3-for-27 with five strikeouts, twice grounding into double plays. The scratch moved Grady Sizemore up to the leadoff spot, with Jonathan Herrera taking over at second base. The Yankees have taken two of the first three against Boston. Sunday's series finale pits Felix Doubront against Ivan Nova.