ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dustin Pedroia missed a second game recovering from a concussion and may not play in the three-game series against the Yankees that starts on Tuesday night.
“When I don’t have any symptoms I’ll be out there as fast as I can,” Pedroia said Monday after the Red Sox were beaten, 4-3, by the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings.
Pedroia said he didn’t have a headache on Monday but had trouble getting to sleep on Sunday night.
“They say that’s [a symptom], but I’m feeling normal for the most part,” Pedroia said. “Sometimes I just feel a little different. I guess that’s supposed to happen.”
Manager John Farrell didn’t rule out Pedroia playing against the Yankees, but acknowledged that was an optimistic view.
Pedroia was injured on Saturday night when Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe accidentally elbowed him in the side of the head during a play at second base. Pedroia came out of the game and hasn’t played since.
“It happened fast. I went down there to get the tag and he kind of hit in what felt like my jaw and my ear,” Pedroia said. “I got real dizzy when I was out there. I didn’t really like it. Not a good feeling.”
Pedroia said he’s never had a concussion before.
“This is going to be a day-to-day thing,” Farrell said. “We’re probably at least another day away from any kind of exertion tests or any kind of ramping up of the heart rate to see if there is still some residual [effects]. He’s sore where the impact took place in the side of head. We’ll be cautious with this.”
Because Pedroia has a concussion, his return to play must be approved by Major League Baseball’s medical staff.
“I’ve got to take all these tests and stuff and I’ve got to pass them, which is kind of tough because I didn’t pass many tests in my schooling life,” Pedroia said.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts missed seven days with a concussion before returning on Saturday. But Pedroia said he didn’t seek any advice from the rookie.
“Not really,” he said. “I’m a lot smarter than him. I wouldn’t ask him.”
Joe Kelly, who has never faced the Yankees before or pitched a game in New York, will start the series on Tuesday for the Red Sox against Shane Greene.
Kelly is 0-1 with a 3.86 earned run average in five starts for the Red Sox since being acquired from the Cardinals.
Righthanders Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman will start the second and third games, respectively. They are not yet on the roster, but will be added on Tuesday.
“We expect more roster additions when we get to New York,” Farrell said.
The Red Sox did call up righthander Steven Wright from Triple A Pawtucket Monday. He was a starter with the PawSox and was added to give the bullpen a long reliever.
Betts moves up
The Red Sox had used Brock Holt as their leadoff hitter for all but two games since May 23 and both were on days he rested. But Mookie Betts hit leadoff Monday with Holt hitting second. Betts was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Betts is 8 for 27 on the road trip with four extra-base hits, seven RBIs, and five runs in seven games.
Farrell said he wanted to use Holt to separate the righthanded hitters atop the order. But it’s also a sign that the Red Sox are prepared to give more challenges to Betts, who hit second Sunday. Until then, Betts had not hit higher than sixth this season.
“Mookie’s in a spot that he’s familiar with even through it’s not been at this level,” Farrell said.
Betts has started the last 14 games in center field since his recall from Pawtucket on Aug. 18. Although he has extensive experience at second base in the minors, there are no plans to use him there in Pedroia’s absence.
Betts has not played second base since a Triple A game July 28.
“It’s been quite a while since Mookie’s had any reps at second,” Farrell said. “He’s had a lot on his plate with defensive positioning and changes to it and [we] don’t want to take that back and forth.”
Success down below
The Red Sox aren’t going anywhere. But for the first time since at least 1982, there are five minor league affiliates in the postseason.
Pawtucket clinched a wild-card spot in the International League playoffs. Double A Portland had the best record in the Eastern League.
Single A Salem is a wild-card entrant in the Carolina League playoffs.
The Gulf Coast League Red Sox beat the Yankees, 8-1, Monday to win the title. Michael Chavis, the 26th overall pick of the June draft, had a two-run homer and drove in three runs.
The Red Sox are in the championship round of the Dominican Summer League playoffs. They have a 1-0 lead over the DSL Rangers 1 in the best-of-five series.
Ortiz gets a day
David Ortiz sat out the game with the team playing its seventh consecutive game on artificial turf. He also still has soreness in his right foot from a foul ball during the last homestand . . . Jemile Weeks, acquired from Baltimore Saturday night, made his Red Sox debut in the 10th inning as a pinch runner and was picked off first base by Grant Balfour, a righthander . . . The Red Sox had a streak of 12 successful stolen bases snapped in the fifth inning when Bogaerts was thrown out trying to steal third. It was only the second caught stealing in 22 attempts for the Sox since July 12. Farrell said the Red Sox believed they could steal against Drew Smyly, who is slow to the plate, but he said Bogaerts had to be certain he could get third base in that situation . . . The crowd of 10,543 rattling around Tropicana Field was the smallest of the year to see the Sox and the smallest since 9,143 saw the Sox play the Indians at Progressive Field on April 16, 2013 . . . Portland named catcher Blake Swihart its most valuable player with lefthander Henry Owens the pitcher of the year and Derrik Gibson the 10th Player of the Year.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.