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Dustin Pedroia expects to undergo thumb surgery

Nov 2, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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After playing through a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb for nearly the entire season, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia expects to have surgery to address the injury “probably in the next couple of weeks.” He made the announcement during an appearance on WEEI’s “Salk & Holley” show yesterday.

Pedroia suffered the injury diving into first base on Opening Day, but ended up playing in 160 regular season games and 16 playoff games. While he finished with nine home runs — his lowest power output since his rookie season in 2007 — he still posted an outstanding .301/.372/.415 batting line.

Pedroia will undergo an MRI before surgery is finalized. He should have plenty of time to heal before the Red Sox attempt to defend their crown in 2014.

  1. aceshigh11 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    That little guy is an one tough mutha.

    It’s about time he got a ‘C’ on his uniform.

    • pastabelly - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      C’s aren’t needed in baseball and no need to slight Big Papi.

  2. sabatimus - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    The fact that he was still able to perform at such a high level is testament to his toughness. Apparently he completely tore his thumb UCL ligament–which means that, if he can stand the pain, he can’t do anything worse to it.

    (This does however make me wonder what kind of painkillers he was taking, and how much)

  3. theskinsman - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Amazing that he hit as well as he did with essentially one working thumb. Get well fast,Pedroia!

  4. lazlosother - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    NY fan, but I have to love Pedroia. He seems to embody everything I love about the game. Hopefully he comes to ST healthy and does what he is capable of doing. He is definitely a player that is loads of fun to watch.

  5. stevequinn - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Pedroia is a hell of a ballplayer. Glad to see the Red Sox signed him long-term. I wonder what he would fetch on the FA market.

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