Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia on MFB: 'There's a lot of IOU's to hand out to people' next season

November 05, 2014 - 6:31 am
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who on Tuesday was named winner of his fourth Gold Glove, checked in with Middays with MFB on Wednesday morning and said he's feeling substantially better since having surgery on his wrist. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Pedroia had surgery on Sept. 11 to repair a tendon in his left wrist. It caused an early end to a disappointing offensive season in which he hit .278 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs. In the field, however, he continued to shine, posting a .997 fielding percentage that ranks as the best ever for a Red Sox second baseman. "It was just frustrating," he said of the injury that nagged him during the season. "The year before, I found a way to perform, playing nicked up. The year before it was a loose feeling -- I tore that ligament in my thumb and everything just felt loose, so I was able to figure it out and let the ball travel more and just try to slap balls the other way and get hits and not try to drive the ball. This year it was more, I was restricted. I didn't have any motion. It was so swollen and tight all year, I couldn't get a feel of how to get through it. It was tough. I fought it all year. "Now that it's fixed, it's night and day. I can already tell that. There's a lot of IOU's to hand out to people, so I'm pretty excited about it." Added Pedroia: "I feel great. I'm back to a hundred percent. I'm doing all my lifts and everything. My rehab's going good. I'm full strength and I'm pretty excited. It's been a long time since I've been myself. It's going to be a lot of fun next year." Pedoria received a reported eight-year, $110 million contract in the middle of the 2013 season. There are critics who say the Sox overpaid for an aging player who has struggled with injuries of late. "Honestly, I never put any pressure on me about that," Pedroia said. "My job is to come out and win games. For what I do to try to help the team win, I don't know how much they're paying for that these days but I'm sure it's a lot, and my contract's a lot, so there's not anybody that puts the amount of expectations to perform well than me. "So, trust me, I don't need anybody to get on me or anybody to say anything bad about me if I don't play well. Trust me, I'm pretty hard on myself as it is. I don't ever look at it like that. I view everything as wins and losses. And obviously when your team's in last place, that's how I view it as not good. I'd rather live up to wins and losses than anything else." The Red Sox went from last place in 2012 to World Series champions in 2013 back to last place last season. Pedroia is eager to get the Sox back to the top next year. "I'm trying to do my job, and that's get ready to help us any way I can to win games, because we've got to do that," he said. "Because last year was pretty painful." For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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