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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Dustin Pedroia could have season-ending surgery

By on 9/10/2014 07:45:00 AM

For the second consecutive season, it has become clear that Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been playing through a hand injury for the majority of the year. Now Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that not only could Pedroia be shut down for the remainder of the season, he could also undergo surgery on his troublesome left thumb.

Abraham writes that Pedroia's absence from the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday was due to inflammation in that left thumb, which the second baseman had an MRI on yesterday. That MRI is currently being examined and a decision on surgery should come on Wednesday. It's not clear exactly what the surgery would be but Pedroia told Abraham it would be minor.

Abraham notes that Pedroia was involved in a collision with Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez back in early April and hurt his wrist, with the area being aggravated several times since. Manager John Farrell told Abraham that the injury is being affected on every swing Pedroia takes:
“With each swing, it irritates the area that he’s dealing with,” Farrell said.

The 2008 MVP also played with a thumb injury for the entire 2013 season, when he partially tore the UCL in his thumb on Opening Day but still proceeded to appear in 160 games, hitting over .300 but struggling for power in particular. This year he has played another 135 despite his injury issues but has seen his production dip to career-worst levels, with just seven home runs and a .337 OBP. With Boston mired at the foot of the AL East and no reason to threaten the health of one of their key players, it seems likely that surgery or not, Pedroia won't be taking the field again in 2014.

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