Another Red Sox win of the Memorial Day matinee over the Tigers, paced by a strong start from the winner Felix Doubront ( now 5-2) and another Salty home run, has been overshadowed by Dustin Pedroia leaving the game with a right thumb injury. After making a diving sliding play at second base, Pedroia left the game and later it was reported he had a "jammed" right thumb. According to post game reports he may have originally hurt the thumb in an at bat earlier in the game.
In his post game press conference, Bobby Valentine referred to it at first as a "sprained" thumb. But when pressed on that indication, he admitted he had misspoke and did not know what condition the thumb was in, and testing had yet to be done.
Alex Speier was reporting tonight that Pedroia was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday, because of Memorial Day being observed at all the major medical centers in Boston, he could not get one on Monday. As someone who works at a major ( for Maine anyway) medical center, I can assure you that if Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox wanted an MRI done today, he sure as hell could have one.
Let us hope this will be a day to day proposition, and Dustin is back in the lineup maybe even before the Tigers leave town on Thursday. But, something just does not add up here so far, and with the bad luck the 2012 Red Sox have had with injuries all the way back to around New Years Day, with Carl Crawford, the nation has to be worried.
Keep your fingers and thumbs crossed, because with Ellsbury, Crawford, and possibly Ross still over a month from returning to the lineup, losing our unofficial captain would be a very tough blow to survive.
An outfield populated with the likes of Nava, Byrd, Podsednik, and our All Star first baseman does not need to be joined by 2B Nick Punto.