Pedroia to be out three weeks
Dustin Pedroia could not talk the Red Sox into a few days of rest this time. He’s on the disabled list and could be there for a while.
The second baseman has a hyperextended right thumb and is expected to miss at least three weeks after being put in a cast. He was injured Tuesday trying to make a diving catch.
According to the Red Sox, Pedroia has “an injury to the volar plate” of his thumb. The volar plate is a thick ligament that prevents the thumb from being hyperextended.
“I’ll be in the cast for a couple of weeks,” Pedroia said Friday. “Then I should be healed enough to go out there and play.”
Pedroia had X-rays and an MRI Thursday and was examined by team doctors. The results of his tests will be sent to two specialists — Dr. Donald Sheridan in Phoenix and Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland — to get their opinions.
Sheridan has treated Pedroia before. Graham has done a number of hand-related surgeries on Red Sox players in recent years.
The torn adductor muscle on the inner part of Pedroia’s thumb, which occurred in May, has healed according to the MRI. “It’s frustrating,” Pedroia said. “I healed up from the other injury and I was just starting to feel better and swinging the bat better. I dive one time and now this. It’s just frustrating. But the guys will hold it down. We’re getting our other guys back and I’ll be back soon. We’ll make our run.”
Pedroia said no surgery is needed and the injury will not end his season.
“Heck no,” he said.
Pedroia was injured in the fifth inning Tuesday when he dived for a ball hit by Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki. At the time, he felt no unusual pain, but that changed after the game.
“It was kind of a freak accident,” Pedroia said. “It’s just a bad break. I’m pretty frustrated by it. You work so hard in the offseason to prevent injury and you get a couple of freak accidents in the same thumb. It stinks. But I’ll be fine. I’ll produce in a major way this season to help our team. I promise you guys that.”
Pedroia said the muscle tear had healed to a point where he was driving the ball with his usual authority.
“I was hitting the ball in the air to the pull side and using my hands. That’s the part that I have trouble dealing with. I played that month hurt and then I finally get healthy and I dive and get hurt again,” Pedroia said. “But I’ll be fine. It happens for a reason. I’ll be back.”
Bobby Valentine would not speculate on Pedroia’s return. “We’re not going to start counting days,” Valentine said. “I guess everybody who has to give an opinion is trying to give that. When a guy’s on the disabled list, he’s on the disabled list. I don’t plan on him coming back until someone says, ‘Hey, he looks good and he’s ready to come back.’ ’’
“I’m getting there,” Middlebrooks said. “I’m not taking ground balls today, but maybe tomorrow. The running went pretty well. I’m not there yet. Could I play? If I needed to.”
“He’s feeling great,” Valentine said. “After the break he’ll either slot in the first rotation or early in the second rotation depending on whether we and he feel he should get on the mound and pitch to some hitters [in a minor league game] before then or not.”
“It’s not 100 percent healthy but I’m able to hit,” Crawford said. “The elbow, there are still some issues. I’ve been making some throws down in the minor leagues, good enough to hit the cutoff man. I don’t know if I’ll be hosing anybody out at home or anything like that.
“But I think it’s strong enough to hit the cutoff man if I can get to the ball quick enough to stop the guys from advancing.”
Crawford could need surgery come the offseason.“Probably,” he said. “I’m at a point now where I can get by with it. So I’ll do that.”Crawford is hopeful of joining the Sox after the All-Star break.