He never makes mention of it.
At the start of the season it was Dustin Pedroia’s thumb, but it took nearly two months for anyone to realize it.
A week ago, his left arm was in a compression sleeve after a win over the Yankees.
He was in the lineup the next day.
Before he took the field Thursday against the Orioles, Pedroia received attention from the training staff.
Then went 2 for 4, with a ground-rule double to lead off the night and an RBI single in the second as the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over the Orioles. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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