BOSTON (CBS) — At first, Dustin Pedroia’s thumb injury did not appear to be concerning for the Red Sox, but if a Monday afternoon report is accurate, it could be a doozy.
ESPN host Karl Ravech tweeted on Monday that there’s “nothing official yet but hearing Pedroia likely to miss a month.”
Manager Bobby Valentine addressed the media shortly after the report surfaced, but he said he did not yet have an update.
“There has been an MRI taken, and we need time to get those results,” Valentine said, adding that Pedroia has dealt with some sort of issue for three weeks. “He got jammed about three weeks ago, so he started wearing some protection. … I think the situation, it’s weak enough or bruised enough that if something re-occurs then maybe it could get really serious.
“I dont know how to classify it,” Valentine added. “We don’t have a diagnosis.”
Initial reports on Pedroia said that he jammed his thumb while making a diving play in the fifth inning of Monday’s win over the Tigers, but Valentine said he believes the problem arose earlier in the game when Pedroia hit an inside fastball. Valentine said after that game that it was a sprain and that Pedroia would undergo further testing. Meanwhile, Pedroia’s teammates downplayed the injury and said they didn’t expect Pedroia to even miss a day.
Pedroia, 28, has played in all 48 Red Sox games this year. He’s hitting .295 with five homers, 21 RBIs and an .800 OPS. Defensively, he’s made just one error on 231 total chances for a .996 fielding percentage, which is second-best in the majors behind Mark Ellis’ 1.000 fielding percentage.
After being limited to just 75 games in 2010 due to a broken foot, he played in 159 games for the Red Sox last season.
Nick Punto, who’s batting just .128 this season, is in the Red Sox’ lineup in place of Pedroia on Tuesday.
Ravech formerly worked alongside Valentine at ESPN for Baseball Tonight.