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Dustin Pedroia Suffers Thumb Injury Against Tigers

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts when he disagreed with an call by umpire Mark Carlson on a play at second base against  the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park May 27, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 27: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts when he disagreed with an call by umpire Mark Carlson on a play at second base against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park May 27, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — With so many players on the disabled list, and with the Red Sox still unable to climb past the .500 mark this season, the last thing the team needs is an injury to a star player. Yet, that’s just what they got on Monday afternoon.

Dustin Pedroia left Monday’s game against the Tigers after the fifth inning after suffering a jammed right thumb while making a diving play to end the fifth inning.

It initially appeared as though it could be a wrist injury, but the Red Sox announced in the seventh inning that it was indeed a thumb injury that forced Pedroia out of the game.  Cameras showed Pedroia shaking his right hand in the dugout after making that diving play.

Pedroia was replaced by Nick Punto to start the sixth inning.

Pedroia was 1-for-3 with an RBI on the day. He’s hitting .295 with five homers, 14 doubles and 21 RBIs on the year, starting all 48 games.

Manager Bobby Valentine said after the game that Pedroia has a sprained thumb and will undergo further testing.

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