Frustrated Pedroia has cast on his hand

July, 6, 2012

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia insisted the latest injury to his right thumb is not related to the muscle he tore in the same thumb May 28.

Evidently it is worse. Pedroia showed up at Fenway Park on Friday afternoon with a cast immobilizing the thumb. He said he will need to wear the cast for at least two weeks. The team placed him on the 15-day disabled list, recalling infielder Pedro Ciriaco, and it appears he will be out longer than that.

“I'll be back in a few weeks,’’ said Pedroia, who was injured diving for a ball Tuesday night in Oakland. “It’s not like I'll be out all year. Guys will weather the storm. We'll be fine.’’

Pedroia avoided a trip to the DL with the torn thumb muscle, missing just six games, although his performance was clearly affected. In 26 games since returning to the lineup, Pedroia batted just .210, with only seven extra-base hits (one home run) in 105 at-bats.
In Pedroia’s absence Friday, Nick Punto was playing second base and Mauro Gomez was making his second start at third base. In 71 games in the minor leagues at third base, a position Gomez has played for just a handful of games since 2007, he has made 31 errors.

Pedroia did not identify the exact nature of the injury, although manager Bobby Valentine referred to it as a sprain on his weekly radio appearance on WEEI. He underwent an MRI on Thursday, he said, and was placed in the cast. The examination showed the torn adductor muscle was “completely healed,” he said.

“Just frustrated,’’ he said. “I healed up from the other injury; I was just starting to feel better and swing the bat better. I dive one time, and now this.

“I was able to heal while I played. This is just a freak thing. I dove back for a ball and kind of landed wrong. I didn’t feel it 'til after the game. It’s not like I knew when it happened. It’s kind of a freak accident.’’

To make room for the 26-year-old Ciriaco on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox moved reliever Rich Hill to the 60-day disabled list. Ciriaco was hitting .301 for Pawtucket.

Pedroia said he was expecting to be re-examined later Friday, and that hand specialists in Arizona and Cleveland would also be looking at the results. He said he has been told surgery will not be required.

“I don’t know who I ticked off,’’ he said. “I’m pretty frustrated by it. You work so hard in the off season to prevent an injury and get a couple freak accidents in the same thumb, it stinks.

“I’ll be fine. I’ll produce in a major way this season to help our team. I promise you guys that.’’

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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