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.