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Saturday, 02 November 2013 04:28

Boston Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia ready for thumb surgery

Written by 

Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON—Dustin Pedroia has always been known to be a tough player. Playing through pain seems to be his specialty. As a matter of fact, the Red Sox feisty second baseman has played through pain since Opening Day when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb sliding into first base. On Friday, he told ESPNBoston.com that this had been an ongoing problem.


"Yeah, it's nothing new," Pedroia confirmed to ESPNBoston.com on Friday. "I've got to get that thing fixed."

The injury did not slow him down however as he played in 160 regular-season games and all 16 of Boston’s postseason contests with the injured thumb.

The 30-year-old hit the ball well this season, posting a .301 average, however his nine home runs were his least since 2007, his rookie campaign.  The Woodland, Calif. native acknowledged that he was forced to shorten his swing due to the injury. However, it seems as though the injury did not compromise his wizardry in the field as he was given his second-career Gold Glove Award on Tuesday.

Pedroia is slated to have an MRI before the surgery is scheduled, and Dr. Donald Sheridan will execute the procedure.  

There is no doubt that he is one of the grittiest players in the game today and this latest report can attest to that.