Boston’s Pedroia doesn’t have a wrist fracture, but return to lineup uncertain

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) makes a throw to first base for an out during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.
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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) makes a throw to first base for an out during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.
Posted April 14, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia does not have a fracture in his left wrist, ESPNBoston.com reported Monday.

However, more tests are scheduled for Pedroia and it is not clear when he can return as he may be suffering from inflammation in the wrist.

Pedroia missed Sunday night’s game at the New York Yankees after experiencing soreness in the wrist. He was reportedly hurt when he fell on his wrist while trying to turn a double play on April 4 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pedroia was sent back to Boston on Sunday for testing. The team starts a series Tuesday at the Chicago White Sox.

Pedroia, who has a career batting average of .301, is hitting just .236 in 55 at-bats this season.

Pedroia was hurt when he landed on the wrist as the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez slid into him to break up a double play in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s home opener. Pedroia, who has played in at least 139 games in six of his seven full big league seasons, played through the discomfort and entered Sunday leading the American League in at-bats with 55. But he was just 5-of-36 since the injury and was scratched Sunday after admitting he was sore following early batting practice.

“I think there’s probably a direct correlation [between the injury and his slump],” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday. “There hasn’t been an event over the past couple of days that have brought this onset [of symptoms] even further. It’s just been everyday play. The soreness increases and it’s got to be checked out.”

Playing with various aches and pains is nothing new to Pedroia, who tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb in the 2013 season opener but missed just two games and didn’t undergo surgery until after the season.

Pedroia’s durability, scrappiness at the plate and in the field and vocal demeanor in the locker room has turned him into the face of the Red Sox. Now the Sox must hope they won’t have to be without those traits for more than a day or two.

 

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