According to a team source, Dustin Pedroia is targeting next Monday's off day as the date in which a determination will be made if the second baseman is to play with his injured right thumb. Pedroia was optimistic that he would not be going on the 15-day disabled list due to a slight tear in his thumb's adductor muscle.
Pedroia, who did take a few swings Tuesday, will not swing a bat for the next few days while the swelling and bruising subsides. He was outfitted with a specially-made brace -- made by technicians at Newton-Wellesley Orthopedic Associates earlier in the day Wednesday -- which he will use when he begins hitting again. While not swinging a bat, Pedroia has been instructed wear a more cumbersome brace.
Pedroia said that the initial injury occurred in the Red Sox' May 2 game against Oakland when he fouled off a 2-0 fastball from Ryan Cook the seventh inning. After that game, X-rays taken on the Sox' second baseman's thumb didn't reveal the tear that an MRI taken Tuesday did.
Prior to Wednesday night's game against the Tigers, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine would only say that the team is taking the injury one day at a time, and did suggest there was a possibility Pedroia could play in the field if needed.
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
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