I don't know who we have to thank for Dustin Pedroia's upcoming stay on the disabled list. I don't know who we have to blame for it taking so long in the first place. But I'll unashamedly thank God Shamgod for finally making it happen.
Maybe it's screwed up to celebrate one of your best players making a trip to the DL, but this was a long time coming with Pedroia. We all commend his effort. We all respect his willingness to play through all sorts of pain. We all wish there was an entire team of guys who loved the game as much as the Sox de facto Captain. (Sorry, Papi. Please don't get angry).
That being said, it's enough with the thumb. He should have gone on the DL when he injured it originally. He should have gone on the DL when he re-aggravated it a few weeks later. Yeah, I know. The Sox said that the re-aggravation was unrelated, that it was more of just a scare. Just like they claim that the latest incident had nothing to do with the original injury; that this time it was a different part of his thumb.
Right. So you're saying Pedroia has three separate, unrelated injuries on one thumb?
That's ridiculous. No one believes that.
But fortunately, the Sox have come to their senses and realized one or all three of the following things . . .
1. The thumb isn't getting better.
2. It's utterly pointless to let Pedroia have a say in whether he's healthy enough to play. You might as well save your breath and put him in the line-up.
3. Injured Dustin Pedroia isn't as good as healthy Dustin Pedroia. In other words, it hurts a lot more to take the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP out of the lineup than it does to lose a guy who's hitting .210 with a .282 OBP in the 26 games since he got hurt.
. . . because they're finally sending Pedroia to the DL. And obviously, that sucks. You hate losing him in the line-up, on the field and in the clubhouse especially for this Yankees series but there's no other choice. You either keep him around, and let the thumb haunt the rest of his season, or give some rest so he's ready for the long haul.
By acting now, the Sox can put Pedroia on the DL retroactive to Wednesday, which means he'd be eligible to come back on July 19. Factoring in the conveniently timed All-Star break, and that's only nine more games without their starting second baseman. Not ideal, but if that's what it takes to rescue Pedroia from mediocrity, then it's well worth it.
If he comes back and the thumb's still a pain in the ass? Well, then at least you tried. At least you don't have to listen to assholes like me spew out medical advice from a desk he found on the side of the road.
So, that's that. It looks like Dustin Pedroia is heading to the DL. You hate to see it happen, but you know it had to. Even if it was a month too late.