Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia may be shut down for season

September 09, 2014 - 12:17 pm
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According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Dustin Pedroia "could be" shut down for the season after an MRI confirmed there is increased inflammation in the second baseman's left hand/wrist. He's got some soreness in the left hand, and he's been getting treatment on it for some time now. As it has worsened some, we felt like he needs to give this a little bit of a break," said Farrell. "I can't say whether it's directly related to the repair that he went through last year, but an MRI did reveal that it's got further inflammation in the left hand, left wrist area. ... It's been a little while, and yet he's been banged up a little bit and being able to manage it to a certain extent while still playing. As it continued to worsen a little bit, we backed him off." Farrell didn't know yet if surgery would be an option, saying that Pedroia has been dealing with the issue for a while. The team, the manager said, is still working to gather more information about the extent of the injury and options for dealing with it. "It's had an impact, there's no doubt," said Farrell. "To what extent is hard to say, but he's dealt with this for some time." Farrell said that Pedroia had continued to play because there was no risk of further injury, but given his worsening health, the team recognized the need to evaluate him. "If he were to continue to play, does it put him at further risk? I don't think that the medical staff is saying he's at further risk. It's just to the point where the discomfort is there, and we're taking some time now to gather all the information and lay out the best plan going forward for him," said Farrell. :His long-term health is the most important thing, and that will always be kept in the forefront." Pedroia is currently batting .278 with seven homers, scoring 72 runs , having played 134 games. He has also walked 51 times, while totaling 75 strikeouts. Jemile Weeks is the Red Sox' starting lineup Tuesday, hitting eighth. Farrell said that when Brock Holt recovers from both a recent illness and a stiff neck, the team would like him to be its primary second baseman. He suggested that, for now, the team does not expect to consider Mookie Betts at second, instead preferring to continue his regular work in the outfield.

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