BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia shaved his head and his beard, and he won't let a bruise on his right foot keep him out of the lineup.
The once-shaggy infielder fouled a ball off his right foot during his second at-bat of Friday's 5-3 extra-inning loss to the Houston Astros. He remained in the game and was clearly in some discomfort. Red Sox manager John Farrell removed Pedroia from the game after the eighth inning. A scan was taken on his foot, and the results were negative.
"He's still a little sore, but not to the point of keeping him out of the lineup," Farrell said. "He did a lot of icing after he left the ballpark last night. He was able to reduce and limit the swelling that was in there. The Fluoroscan was negative that was taken right after the game last night. Everything -- strength tests or any kind of situation to try to reproduce the symptoms are not there, so he is cleared to play."
Pedroia has played 118 of the 121 games this season and has a .282 average with five home runs and 45 RBIs.
• Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig (foot) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, according to Farrell.
"We've mapped out probably three days, but to say that all of those are going to be needed is to be determined," Farrell said. "He's in agreement that there needs to be some at-bats had. Whether that's four -- whether that's eight -- we'll cross that as we get through it."
Craig has been dealing with this left foot injury since last season but had been able to play through it. He's been on the DL since Aug. 2.
• Red Sox catcher David Ross (plantar fasciitis) will not need a rehab assignment, and he's set to be activated from the DL either Monday or Tuesday. He's been taking BP and has caught some bullpen sessions the last couple of days and has shown no ill effects.
• Red Sox right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa has seen a lot of action of late. He's appeared in nine of the Sox's 13 games this month. In fact, Farrell wanted to stay away from him Friday, but the manager was forced to use Tazawa, who allowed two of the three inherited runners to score in the 10th inning. Farrell is aware of the workload.
"Very conscious of him," Farrell said. "That is why I tried to stay away from him in particular in the situation last night. Unfortunately, we were pressed into using him. You monitor the reaction of the hitter. You monitor the stuff in which he's throwing. He hasn't lost velocity. There might be a little bit less consistency of the overall command, but trying to space some rest as best possible and we'll continue that throughout."
Tazawa leads the pitching staff with 57 appearances this season.
"You begin to prioritize rest and health," Farrell said. "That is not to say we're not looking to win every game, but I think you're prioritizing and not pushing a guy too far."