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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia are hoping a trip to the disabled list isn’t necessary for the second baseman, as he deals with a tear in his adductor muscle in his right thumb.
“That’s the plan,” Pedroia said of avoiding the DL following the Red Sox 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night. “Hopefully I heal quick and I can get back out of there as soon as I can.”
The team and Pedroia are awaiting the results of an MRI he underwent Tuesday morning. They will take a day or two in hopes that the swelling goes down, and Pedroia can play as the injury heals. He may wear a brace at the plate to protect it from further damage, if he does not join the 12 other Red Sox on the disabled list.
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The bright side is he will not require surgery on the thumb.
“All my ligaments and tendons are fine, it’s just the muscle. It’s the only muscle in your thumb,” Pedroia said of the injury. “I just need to see if it calms down a little bit and see if I can hit with a splint or a brace on; go from there.”
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Pedroia injured the thumb roughly three weeks ago, but re-aggravated it in Monday’s 7-3 win over the Tigers.
If a brace does not work Pedroia knows he will hit the DL, and will likely be sidelined for up to a month.
“We’ve been talking about it, but I heal quick. I guess that’s a good thing. Hopefully I don’t have to go on the DL and I can help the team as fast as I can,” he said.
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As for what he has to show the team in order to get back on the field, Pedroia said he’s played through plenty of injuries throughout his career.
“I don’t have to show them anything; I’ve played with injuries before. It’s a matter of me being able to swing with a brace on or something,” he said. “I’m going to get something made and see how it feels. If I can’t do it it’s three or four weeks. Hopefully it’s not that.”
Pedroia had started all 48 games for the Red Sox prior to Tuesday night, hitting .295 with five homers, 21 RBI.