Pedroia's thumb surgery a success, will be ready for the regular season

Sam Galanis
Contributing Writer

Red Sox fans can breathe a sigh of relief because Dustin Pedroia won’t be missing any regular season play in 2014.

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Pedroia, who tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb sliding into first base on opening day, got surgery in Arizona last Wednesday. It was a possibility that during surgery he would need a graft that would extend his recovery time by a couple of weeks, meaning he’d most likely miss the opening of the regular season. Luckily, he did not need that procedure and is a go for Opening Day. Spring training is still up in the air, but General Manager Ben Cherington, who according to the Boston Herald talked to Pedroia via text message after his surgery, doesn’t see that as an issue.

“It was the less complicated of the two possibilities, so that was good news,” Cherington said. “He's doing well...We're fully confident in the regular season. I think spring training, because it's Dustin Pedroia and he doesn't have to worry about making the team, we'll see where he is, and if we need to buy time, we will. We'll know more in the next few weeks.”

Despite the thumb injury, Pedroia still played 160 regular season games, batted .301, and won a Golden Glove. He admits the injury affected his power though, which is evident from his hitting just nine homers with a .415 slugging percentage, the lowest of his career.

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