Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will miss his team’s Monday night game against the Kansas City Royals as a result of being hit by a pitch in the ribs against the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Pedroia was drilled by Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt in the seventh inning of a 6-5 Red Sox win.
His beaning came one batter after Hoyt plunked Boston outfielder Mookie Betts in the knee.
Pedroia screamed and pointed toward Hoyt, and home plate umpire Greg Gibson warned both benches.
The 33-year-old was sent to the hospital after the afflicted area swelled up and Pedroia demonstrated limited range of motion. X-rays came back negative, but the Red Sox are being cautious by sitting the infielder on Monday.
Josh Rutledge will start in Pedroia’s place.
The longtime Boston infielder currently owns a slash line of .296/.368/.376 with two home runs and 25 RBIs. While his batting average and on-base percentage stats are hovering near his respective career averages of .301 and .366, his power numbers are down this season. Pedroia has totaled just 13 extra-base hits this year, a steep decline from last season when he racked up 15 home runs, 36 doubles and a triple.
The four-time All-Star won the American League Most Valuable Player award back in 2008 when he slashed .326/.376/.493 with 17 long balls, a league-leading 54 doubles and 83 RBIs.
He also won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2007 and has been a part of two World Series-winning Red Sox teams (2007 and 2013).
Boston is currently 39-30 and sits tied with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East Division.