Red Sox rule out fracture, structural damage for Dustin Pedroia's hand

May 31, 2014 - 3:53 pm

The Red Sox announced that an MRI of the injured right hand of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had found no fracture and no structural damage. That finding followed an X-ray that had likewise been negative on the injured hand that has the 30-year-old out of Saturday's lineup. Pedroia suffered what was initially described by the Sox as a right hand contusion after landing somewhat awkwardly on his right hand after taking a throw at second from catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The second baseman was forced to leave the game. The finding of no structural damage -- and the fact that he was not placed on the DL -- suggests that the Sox view the injury as day-to-day. Entering Saturday, Pedroia had played in 53 of the Red Sox'€™ first 54 games, hitting .275 with a .349 OBP and .383 slugging mark. Jonathan Herrera will get the start at second base in his place.