Notes: UCL tear not 'a big deal' for Pedroia

Notes: UCL tear not 'a big deal' for Pedroia
May 29, 2013, 8:00 pm
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PHILADELPHIA -- Dustin Pedroia didn't want anyone to know that he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left thumb on Opening Day, so perhaps it wasn't too surprising that he wasn't interested in talking about it Wednesday.

"I didn't expect this to come out,'' said Pedroia. "As players here, we all want our medical stuff to stay private. I kind of feel uncomfortable talking about it. If players are playing, you don't want to talk about injuries and stuff like that.

"If you miss time, you should reveal it to everybody. But guys who are playing, there's no point to talking about anything.''

Pedroia injured the thumb on April 1 at Yankee Stadium while diving head-first into first base. An MRI revealed the tear, but Pedroia decided to keep playing through the injury.

"I just talked about some things with our training staff and our team doctor,'' said Pedroia. "It wasn't a very long discussion. I got checked out and made sure everything was fine and I just went and played.''

"He felt like -- and all the medical people concurred -- that no further damage would be suffered with continued play,'' said John Farrell, "and he's played at an elite level the entire year. I would categorize Pedey's situation much like other players that are dealing with some ailment, that they manage through treatment.

"He said it best -- 'I'm a baseball player; I'm going to go out and play.' It becomes very cut-and-dry. And to be honest, there's never a doubt, coming to the ballpark, whether he's going to be available int the lineup on a given day.''

Entering Wednesday, he was leading the Red Sox in numerous offensive category, including hits and runs scored while ranking second in doubles and total bases.

"I'm fine,'' said Pedroia. "I'm fine. Everything's fine. I don't think it's a big deal.''

-- Outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is with the team and not eligible to come off the DL until June 5, next Wednesday.

Farrell said the Sox could send Victorino out for a brief rehab assignment, perhaps as soon as this weekend.

"We'd like to get at least a couple of games before (June 5) rolls around,'' said Farrell. "His baseball activity is ramping up, he's feeling good, swung the bat, ran today and things are moving in the right direction.''

-- Third baseman Will Middlebrooks (back) is on a similar pace. He's eligible to come off the DL on June 8.

"He took dry swings, did some running outside,'' said Farrell of Middlebrooks' regimen Wednesday. "The last couple of days, he's been taking some throws in the field and feels like things have really quieted down in his lower back. We feel like he's on schedule for that June 8 activation.''