NEW YORK — Dustin Pedroia was scratched from the Red Sox lineup before their 3-2 loss to the Yankees Sunday night and the second baseman returned to Boston with a left wrist injury the team fears could be serious.
Pedroia was injured during the home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers April 4. When Carlos Gomez slid into second base breaking up a double play in the ninth inning, Pedroia was upended and came down with his wrist bent at an awkward angle.
Pedroia is 5 for 36 at the plate since and the injury has gotten worse. Team doctors will examine Pedroia on Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital and administer an MRI.
“He went down to hit early [Sunday] and the soreness continues to persist and probably gain in intensity,” manager John Farrell said.
The Red Sox do not believe Pedroia aggravated the injury since it occurred. But the All-Star is off to a poor start as a result.
He is hitting .236 and had yet to draw a walk in 55 plate appearances. Pedroia has only one RBI.
“I think there’s probably a direct correlation to what we’ve seen at the plate,” Farrell said.
“There hasn’t been an event over the past couple of days that has brought this onset even further. It’s been more just everyday play. The soreness increases and it’s got to be checked out.”
The Red Sox started Jonathan Herrera at second base Sunday night. Ryan Roberts, who started at third base, also has experience at second.
The Red Sox have used Heiker Meneses, Justin Henry, Brock Holt, and Mike McCoy at second base in Triple A Pawtucket. Holt and McCoy have major league experience.
Pedroia tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb during the first game of 2013 and had surgery following the season.
There was a positive development for the Red Sox regarding closer Koji Uehara, who has not pitched since feeling discomfort in his right shoulder Friday.
Uehara threw for 10 minutes at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon and was pain free. He, too, returned to Boston and will be examined Monday. But the Red Sox expect Uehara to rejoin the team in Chicago for Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox.
“He came away from it encouraged,” said Farrell, who watched Uehara throw and spoke with him at length afterward.
“During the time he was throwing, he felt better than he actually expected.”
Farrell said the Red Sox would want Uehara to throw in the bullpen before he is cleared for a game. He last pitched Wednesday.
“Today overall was very good news regarding Koji,” Farrell said.
Uehara threw from 200 feet and then threw fastballs and splitters from flat ground.
“He was really able to generate good arm speed and he’s past some of the concerns mentally that he had,” Farrell said.
Right fielder Shane Victorino took a step forward in his return from the disabled list. Victorino, out all season with a strained right hamstring, ran the bases, played catch, and took batting practice before the game.
He will be in Boston Monday to work with physical therapist Dan Dyrek in anticipation of starting a rehabilitation assignment with Double A Portland Tuesday.
The Sea Dogs host Binghamton Tuesday night at Hadlock Field. Victorino said Friday that he would need 2-3 games in the minors before returning to the Red Sox so he could get his timing down at the plate.
If all goes well, Victorino could rejoin the Red Sox for the start of their homestand Friday against the Orioles.
With Pedroia out of the lineup, Grady Sizemore moved into the leadoff spot and Farrell further changed the lineup by moving Xander Bogaerts up to the No. 2 spot for the first time this season.
Sizemore and Bogaerts combined for three singles in nine at-bats but neither drove in a run or got into scoring position.
“Just to give us a little right-left balance throughout. Xander’s had very good at-bats in every game that he’s played,” Farrell said.
“He’s, at the minor league level, been a top-of-the-order type of hitter. That’s where we are today.”
The Sox have used 12 lineups in 13 games.
Jeter out again
The Yankees were without shortstop Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game. On Saturday, manager Joe Girardi said Jeter was getting a rest. But, on Sunday, it was revealed that Jeter has a sore right quadriceps.
“He’s not real happy, but I told him missing one game is better than possibly missing four to six weeks if something was to happen,” Girardi said. “I feel really good about putting him out there on Tuesday as of right now.”
The issue is something the 39-year-old Jeter has been dealing with since spring training.
“I didn’t see him move around a lot different on Friday, but it’s a concern of mine when someone tells me something is tight,” Girardi said. “I think it’s more apt to do something serious if you don’t work that stiffness out.”
Will Middlebrooks, on the disabled list since April 5 with a strained right calf, took batting practice and threw before the game, but did only some light jogging.
“It’s getting better, but I’m still not running on it,” he said. “I have to be able to run.”
Middlebrooks will remain with the team and hopes he will be cleared to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week.
Checking him out
Free agent righthander Joel Hanrahan, who had Tommy John elbow surgery last May 16, will hold a workout for teams on Thursday in Tampa.
Hanrahan, 32, appeared in only nine games for the Red Sox last season before being injured.
He was an All-Star in 2011 and ’12 for the Pirates and has 100 career saves.
The Red Sox and Yankees will be among the teams sending scouts to watch Hanrahan throw.
Cold is coming
It was 66 degrees at first pitch at Yankee Stadium, making it the warmest game of the season for the Red Sox. The team has a day off in Chicago Monday, where snow is expected. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s Tuesday when the Sox open a three-game series against the White Sox . . . Former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, 40, was on the field watching batting practice . . . Keenan Thompson impersonated David Ortiz on “Saturday Night Live” and the Red Sox designated hitter approved, sending a message to Thompson via Twitter. The skit poked fun at Ortiz’s now-celebrated selfie with President Obama at the White House.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.