Dustin Pedroia left last night's game after getting jammed at the plate, seemingly re-aggravating the thumb injury he suffered earlier this season. As a precautionary measure, Bobby Valentine said that Pedroia will not start against Miami tonight.
Valentine sat down for his weekly interview with WEEI and said he is taking the "cautious route" with his second baseman.
"Dustin came in, said he felt really good," Valentine told WEEI on Thursday. "He was more shocked than worried last night when that ball got in on his hands."
Pedroia shook off the injury when asked about it before Wednesday's game.
"I'm not playing today. I'll be in there tomorrow though. I feel fine." "I'm not playing today," he said. "I'll be in there tomorrow though. I feel fine."
He also said he was available to play tonight if needed.
Pedroia left Tuesday nights game following the seventh inning after hitting a pop-up on an inside pitch. Pedroia suffered a partially torn adductor muscle and missed six games in late May and early June. He has been wearing a guard around his right thumb to absorb some of the pounding his hand takes at the plate.
Nick Punto will start at second base tonight in Pedroia's place.
Here's the Red Sox lineup for Wednesday:
1. Daniel Nava, LF
2. Ryan Kalish, CF
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Cody Ross, RF
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
8. Mike Aviles, SS
9. Nick Punto, 2B
SP -- Felix Doubront