Craig Kimbrel didn’t know if he was allowed to cheer.
That’s how special of a catch Cleveland Indians center fielder Austin Jackson made to rob Hanley Ramirez of a home run during the Red Sox’ eventual 12-10 win last night at Fenway.
The Sox trailed by two runs when Ramirez slugged one to right-center to start the fifth inning. Jackson tracked back and made it to the wall protecting the bullpen before he leaped “12 feet in the air,” joked Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree, and hauled in the catch while tumbling over the center-field wall.
“I was actually running to try to go catch it,” Kimbrel said. “And then all of a sudden he’s flipping over our fence. You really didn’t know how to react, because it was such an amazing catch you want to (start) clapping, but you also realize he took a run away from us. It was definitely up there as one of the best catches I’ve ever seen.”
There was more confusion as to whether or not the catch counted because Jackson landed in the bullpen.
After a short review, the umpires confirmed the catch.
Pedey knee’ds DL
Dustin Pedroia, who has missed the last four games, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation before the game.
“We’re hopeful (Pedroia) is back to us at the end of the 10-day stint,” Farrell said.
Pedroia met with a knee specialist after feeling consistent fatigue and soreness over the last week or so. It was determined the trouble was caused by a cartilage issue, not a ligament issue, and rest was necessary.
“He’s dealt with quite a bit of pain,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “For all of us who know Pedey, he’s going to find a way. I can’t say when he comes back he’ll be pain free, but the way the volume of play got him to that point and how he was irritated, felt like it was the best move.”
Pedroia had surgery to clean up the meniscus in the left knee last October but made a full recovery.
Another surgery is not being discussed at this time.
Even when Pedroia does return, the Sox will have to monitor his workload.
“This year, there’s been maybe days in which we got him off his feet more so than last year,” Farrell said. “How that increases going forward, that I can’t speak to. We’ll do what’s right and best by Pedey.”
Glad to be here
Addison Reed, the New York Mets closer acquired in a trade Monday, made his Red Sox debut in the win.
Reed allowed a homer to the first batter he faced, Carlos Santana, that cut the Sox’ lead to 9-8 in the eighth. Kimbrel then blew the save and the Indians took a 10-9 lead until Christian Vazquez hit a three-run, walkoff homer in the ninth.
Bullpen coach Dana LeVangie gave up his uniform number to Reed, who has worn 43 throughout his major league career.
Reed spoke before the game about how excited he was to pitch at Fenway.
“This is always been a dream of mine to come here and play,” he said. “When I got the call yesterday saying I was coming here, it was awesome. It was everything I thought it would be. Excited to be here and get ready to roll.
With Reed added to the roster, the Sox are back to having 13 pitchers and 12 position players, leaving only three bench players. Of course, two of them are the versatile Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt.
“Even though we’re going with a three-man bench, those two guys are like having four players,” Farrell said.
Benintendi sits again
For the second straight game, Farrell went with Holt out of the two-hole while playing left field for Andrew Benintendi.
Benintendi is hitting .167 with a .467 OPS in his last 22 games, but will be back in the lineup tonight.
“There’s going to be stretches . . . players go through in which a little bit of a breather can benefit them,” Farrell said. “I don’t think this is physical where there’s fatigue here. I just think there’s been some stretches where attack plans against him have adjusted, have altered.”
Holt was 2-for-3 with a double last night and has reached base five times in the two games filling in for Benintendi.
“I think he’s back to that effectiveness, back to the consistent approach at the plate, quality at-bats,” Farrell said.
Hurtin’ Leon rests
Sandy Leon had been behind the plate for each of Chris Sale’s outings, but last night Vazquez started because Leon is dealing with a right knee injury. . . .
Lefty David Price (elbow) played catch from 60 feet and will try to push himself farther today. . . . Reliever Joe Kelly (hamstring) is scheduled to pitch an inning for Triple-A Pawtucket today and could be activated as soon as this weekend. . . . Carson Smith will face live hitters tomorrow and the Sox are hopeful he can begin a rehab assignment this weekend.