Pedroia was injured by a Manny Machado slide on Friday night. Just what the Sox need, their star second baseman/ captain who miraculously avoided the flu bug has just got bit by the injury bug.
Thankfully, it was reported that there wasn't a serious injury to Pedroia. The slide definitely wasn't a good slide, however I don't think it was intentionally dirty. Machado in postgame interviews said that the slide wasn't a bad slide. (which it obviously was) Pedroia was asked for comment, and said it wasn't intentional but was a terrible slide.
Flash forward to Sunday, Barnes is pitching to Machado and he throws one behind Machado's helmet. I don't think he was trying to ear hole Manny, but I do think he was trying to send a message. The message was heard loud and clear. Barnes was ejected and suspended for four games, which is a bit unfair for a pitch that didn't even hit Machado, but that's a completely different story.
After the game, Pedroia said that what Barnes did wasn't the way to do that, which I can agree with. I think the issue a lot of Sox fans had was that Pedey was taking the side of Manny over his own teammate. I see it as Pedroia being a leader, and telling Barnes that isn't the way that should have been handled.
I personally take no issue with Pedroia's comments. Like I said nothing was intentional. I'm going to scrape the bottom of the barrel here and come up with a completely irrational theory about the incident. Machado is set to be a free agent in coming years, Boston has had a revolving door of third baseman for a very long time, and would love to add Manny to the roster.
Perhaps Pedroia, as one of the biggest factors in helping land free agents, was aware of that and chose to take the high ground on the issue. Either way Pedroia was right, and I don't think he threw Barnes under the bus. Let's be honest Barnes threw himself under the bus. Thankfully Pedroia is semi-okay. I think the suspension of Barnes is a bit of an overkill, but oh well you live and learn.
For the record I think Machado will sign with the Yankees when he hits free agency, and all I brought up before was just a theory. Hopefully the Sox and Orioles stay competitive and the rivalry grows over the season. These two teams look to be the two to watch for in the AL East in this young season.