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Pedroia's thumb surgery less invasive

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 13, 2013 04:04 PM

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ORLANDO, Fla. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia did not require a graft to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The surgery was done earlier today in Scottsdale, Ariz., by Dr. Donald Sheridan.

"It was the less complicated of the two possibilities. So that was good news," general manager Ben Cherington said. "It sounded like everything went well."

Cherington said the Red Sox are "fully confident" Pedroia will be ready for the start of next season.

"Spring training, because he's Dustin Pedroia and doesn't have to worry about making the team, we'll see where he is. If we need to buy time, we will," Cherington said. "We'll know more in a few weeks."

Pedroia tore the ligament on Opening Day when he slid headfirst into first base against the Yankees. He played the entire season, starting 159 games. Pedroia hit .301 with a .372 on-base percentage. But his .415 slugging percentage was the lowest of his career.

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