By Ryan Hannable
BOSTON — The 2013 World Series championship may have actually been a bad thing for Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia, who had to wait until November because of the late start to the offseason, to have surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb suffered on Opening Day a year ago, was still not back to full strength for the home opener this April. That likely didn’t help matters when he landed on that same hand when he was taken out on a double play on April 4 against the Brewers.
“It’s just unfortunate that when it happened I was still rehabbing from my thumb surgery and I kind of fell awkwardly and that area got pretty inflamed,” Pedroia said. “We tried to manage it the best we can and just get through it.”
The second baseman said following an MRI on Tuesday the team has three options: rest, play through it the rest of the season or opt for surgery. He did said the surgery would be a minor one (not anything to do with repairing the UCL) and wouldn’t affect his offseason workout regimen and he would be able to lift weights, something he wasn’t able to do this past offseason.
The good news is there isn’t anything structurally wrong, it’s more inflammation — something Pedroia has had to deal with for the entire 2014 season — a major reason why he’s hitting a career-low .278 with also a career-low seven home runs.
“Just soreness,” Pedroia said. “Obviously I’ve been kinda dealing with it for most of the year. It’s part of the job. The training staff and everyone has done a good job getting me out there. Obviously it’s dealing with little injuries and things like that. You have to find a way to get through it.”
The decision for what is next for Pedroia will come on Wednesday, but when asked with the team being 22.5 games out of first place, would shutting it down by the best thing, Pedroia answered in typical Pedroia fashion.
“I never pack it in,” he said. “It means a lot to play baseball in the major leagues, especially for the Boston Red Sox. There shouldn’t be one guy in here that would want to pack it in. We’re here for each other and play no matter where we are in the standings.”
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