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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dustin Pedroia to be Placed on 15-day DL

BOSTON, MA - MAY 28:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of th...
BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park May 28, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Pedroia later left the game with an injury to his left thumb. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
"Dustin Pedroia is headed to the 15-day disabled list, according to a major league source". That was tweeted by The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber this afternoon. The move will come after Pedroia re-aggravated a torn abductor muscle in his thumb, sustained in the final days of May.

The Sox second baseman has already missed several games with the nagging injury and his play seems to have declined quite dramatically since jamming the thumb. Some, including myself, expected the Red Sox to make this move after the initial injury. This is now the third time he's had an issue with it.

We love Dustin Pedroia for his all or nothing style of play and passion for the game, but this was one of those instances he never should have had control over. It would have been better for the team if this were sorted in the beginning of June, instead of July with a tough schedule ahead.

As far as I know, a counter-move has not been reported yet. With the versatility of Brent Lillibridge and Nick Punto's ability to play second, the Red Sox may use the roster spot to fill another need for this weekends series against the Yankees. Perhaps another reliever.

Either way, the Red Sox should count their lucky stars if Pedey comes back on or around the 15 day mark as expected. Not sitting him after the first, or even second instance, was foolish and may have cost them arguably their best player when he's healthy. As soon as we know more details, you can find it here.

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