Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Marlins after suffering what he initially feared to be a recurrence of the torn adductor muscle in his right thumb that sidelined him for a week. Pedroia was jammed by a 95 mph fastball from right-hander Ryan Webb, and while leaving the field after fouling out to first base, he shook his hand on the way to the dugout.
Valentine -- who said that general manager Ben Cherington talked to the second baseman during the game -- suggested that the Sox had not yet made a conclusive determination about the injury to the three-time All-Star, who went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.
"It’s early for a complete update, of course. He said -- this is third-hand -- that he was more fearful than he was injured," Valentine said. "The ball was an inside pitch that pushed the bat back in his hand the way he didn’t want it to. He pushed back. It was about 95 mph. And he thought it might have been a reoccurrence. We’ll see how it is [Wednesday]."
As to what tests Pedroia will undergo, Valentine said he was uncertain.
"I’m sure we’ll take all precautionary measures," the manager said.
Pedroia has played in all 13 Red Sox games since returning from the injury, and with Tuesday's 1-for-3 performance (which also featured a sacrifice bunt), Pedroia was hitting .170 with a .237 OBP, .226 slugging mark and .463 OPS this month. For the year, he is hitting .269/.326/.403/.729.
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