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Dustin Pedroia eases back in action

CHICAGO — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tried to talk his way into the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. But manager John Farrell wasn’t listening.

Pedroia missed Sunday’s game against the Yankees with a sore left wrist and was examined by team doctors in Boston Monday. He had a cortisone shot after an MRI showed no fractures or ligament damage.

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“If it was broke, I would have been out a long time. It’s good news. Hopefully I’ll be in there [Wednesday],” Pedroia said.“One more day, if this can go away, that’s great.”

Pedroia actually ended up getting into the game, as a pinch runner in the ninth after Mike Napoli dislocated his finger sliding into second base on a wild pitch. Pedroia took over at second base in the bottom half of the inning.

Pedroia was injured April 4 when Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez spilled him breaking up a double play in the ninth inning.

“I was a little bit worried. It was getting worse every day,” Pedroia said. “It happens. I get taken out every day; it’s my job. I just felt like it was just part of the deal.

“I got caught in a weird angle when I got taken out and everything got inflamed. I keep swinging and playing, it just adds up until you think something is really wrong.”

Pedroia also is still getting treatment on his left thumb, which required surgery in November to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Jonathan Herrera started at second base again.

“We fully expect [Pedroia] to be back in the lineup [Wednesday],” Farrell said. “He fought tooth and nail to be in there [and start Tuesday]. But felt like after the injection yesterday, another day of just some treatment and laying low a little bit would be the best course at this point.”

Uehara almost ready

Koji Uehara threw in the outfield before the game, his usual routine of long toss from 200 feet before throwing some pitches on flat ground. He is scheduled for a bullpen session Wednesday and that would clear him to be available Thursday.

Uehara has not pitched since April 9 and over the weekend in New York complained of a sore shoulder. He was in Boston for tests Monday that were negative.

“I feel like it’s getting better day by day,” Uehara said via interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. “It was a good feeling to know I was able to throw from that long distance and also the fact there was no structural damage. That gave me a lot of peace of mind.”

In 2012, when he played for Texas, Uehara was on the disabled list for 11 weeks with a shoulder strain and felt similar pain this time.

“It was something on my mind, that feeling again,” he said. “But my shoulder is fine.”

Victorino in limbo

Shane Victorino, who has been on the disabled list all season with a strained right hamstring, is ready to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment. The problem is finding a suitable spot.

Victorino was scheduled to play for Double A Portland Tuesday, but that game was rained out. He instead worked at Fenway Park under the supervision of therapist Dan Dyrek.

At some point this week the right fielder will join Portland or Triple A Pawtucket. The Red Sox considered having Victorino join Single A Salem in Virginia but prefer he continue his work with Dyrek.

Farrell said the ideal plan would be for Victorino to build up to playing consecutive nine-inning games before being activated. He played only 10 games in spring training, the last March 30.

“We’re just kind of waiting for the weather to break,” Farrell said. “That’s the tentative outline. We’re going to respond to how he reacts to the work.”

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the DL with a strained right calf, is with the team. He needs to start a running program before a rehab assignment is scheduled.

Strong support

The Red Sox are planning ceremonies at Fenway Park this weekend to pay tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. But the anniversary of the event was on their minds Tuesday.

“I think it’s critical that we never forget the victims that have fallen,” Farrell said. “There’s been a lot of conversation the last couple of days . . . I think we’re all proud to have been part of the healing process, how small it might have been.

“I think it makes us even further proud to be part of an incredible city, a very strong community that I think became even stronger when we unified in response to it.”

There was a moment of silence before the game in memory of the Marathon victims. The White Sox players and coaches wore “Boston Strong” T-shirts during the pregame.

Huskies on the way

The NCAA champion men’s and women’s basketball teams from the University of Connecticut will be at Fenway Park April 22 for a pregame ceremony. UConn guard Shabazz Napier is a Roxbury native who played at Charlestown High. Assistant coach Karl Hobbs also is a Boston native and played at Cambridge Rindge and Latin . . . Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski played for the White Sox from 2005-12 and became good friends with colorful broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, the former Red Sox outfielder. When Pierzynski signed with the Red Sox, he took No. 40 because that is the number Harrelson wore in Boston from 1967-69 . . . Players and coaches from both teams all wore No. 42 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color line . . . Portland lefthander Henry Owens and second baseman Mookie Betts were named the Eastern League pitcher and player of the week, respectively. Owens threw 12 scoreless innings and struck out 18 while Betts was 16 of 35 with seven extra-base hits and five walks.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com.
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