After worst fears erased, Dustin Pedroia expects to return on Wednesday

April 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

At first, Dustin Pedroia thought that he was just dealing with some soreness related to the ongoing rehab from his offseason surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. But when the issue persisted and worsened, he realized that he'd incurred a separate injury in his wrist when he got wiped out on a double play turn against the Brewers. With the soreness increasing as he continued to play and swing a bat, Pedroia started to imagine worst-case scenarios -- foremost, a wrist fracture. Much to Pedroia's relief, those scenarios were dismissed on Monday when an exam and MRI at Mass. General revealed that he was dealing only with inflammation rather than a fracture. And so, rather than measuring his absence in weeks or months, Pedroia expects that -- after receiving a cortisone injection on Monday -- he'll be able to return to the lineup on Wednesday, after missing just two starts. "I was a little bit worried. It was getting worse every day," Pedroia told reporters prior to the Red Sox' game against the White Sox on Tuesday night. "If it was broke, I would have been out a long time. It'€™s good news. Hopefully I'€™ll be in there [Wednesday]. They gave me a shot to calm everything down. Hopefully, it takes, they say 24 to 48 hours to kick in and then get out there and go." Pedroia said that he wanted to "strangle [manager John Farrell] and get in there" on Tuesday, but he and the team ultimately agreed that the long-term benefit of taking an extra day to rest outweighed forcing a return to the lineup for the opener of the series against the White Sox. Ultimately, the notion that Pedroia will be available in "some limited capacity" (in Farrell's characterization to reporters) on Tuesday and ready to return to the lineup on Wednesday comes as a relief to a team that, already without Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino, could ill afford to lose its best all-around player.