Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a broken left foot.
The 2008 American League MVP fouled a ball off his foot during Friday night’s 5-4 loss to San Francisco and was removed from the game. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said tests Saturday revealed a non-displaced fracture in the middle of Pedroia’s left foot.
It’s a major blow to the Red Sox, who began the day tied with Tampa Bay for second place in the AL East, three games behind the New York Yankees.
The Sox ran into more trouble during the game, when starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was removed from his outing after one inning because of a hyperextended left knee.
Buchholz singled in the top of the second and was apparently injured moments later running between first and second on Marco Scutaro’s inning-ending double play.
MARLINS INTERVIEW RODRIGUEZ
Florida interim manager Edwin Rodriguez will still be with the Marlins when they open a three-game series in his native Puerto Rico on Monday.
He just doesn’t know what job he’ll have during that trip.
The Marlins gave Rodriguez a formal interview Saturday, the latest part of their ongoing quest to find a permanent replacement for Fredi Gonzalez, who was fired Wednesday after 31/2 seasons. Bobby Valentine is still thought to be the front-runner for the job, and Rodriguez wasn’t told when the Marlins will make a decision.
ZAMBRANO LOSES SPOT
Carlos Zambrano no longer has a spot in the Cubs’ rotation after a wild outburst in the dugout that led to an indefinite suspension from the team.
How long he’ll be gone remains to be seen.
Assistant general manager Randy Bush said he’s not sure how long the suspension will be, that the Cubs sent a letter to the league on Friday and were awaiting feedback on how to proceed.
Manager Lou Piniella says he expects the volatile pitcher to return at some point after a blowup with Derrek Lee on Friday that put his future with the team in doubt. Piniella said Zambrano will pitch out of the bullpen when he returns, and the move is “not short-term, that’s for sure.”
Houston purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Banks from Triple-A Round Rock. … Monte Irvin will leave the pioneer status to Jackie Robinson, the first African-American major leaguer. Yet those who admired Irvin and played alongside him know how much he also did to break down the color barrier. The 91-year-old Irvin, a Hall of Famer who became the first black player in Giants history on July 8, 1949, had his No. 20 retired during an on-field ceremony at AT&T Park.