Farrell mum on Pedroia, who seems close to return


Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn't want to talk any more about what happened in Baltimore with Dustin Pedroia, Manny Machado and Matt Barnes.

"It’s been addressed, it’s behind us and we focus on an important series as they all are in division," Farrell told SiriusXM MLB Network Radio on Tuesday afternoon, before the scheduled start of a series with the Yankees. "Game of baseball’s going to be played hard."

Asked specifically about Pedroia's comments by host Jim Duquette, Farrell dodged the question.

"Again, like I said, we’ve handled all that’s kind of fallen out from it," Farrell said. "I’m not trying to give you a short answer but we’re moving on."

Pedroia (left knee and ankle) did not need an MRI on Monday, which suggests he'll avoid the DL. Pedroia hasn't played since Machado spiked him Friday.

"Lingering soreness that’s there, but knowing Pedey ... if he’s ready, he’s going to be on the field," Farrell told MLB Network Radio. 

Tyler Thornburg still long tossing

Right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder) needs to get out to about 150 feet of long toss before starting something akin to spring training, where he'll need 7-10 appearances. Farrell expressed hope that Thornburg was close to throwing off the mound and going on assignment.

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