Pedroia: 'My thumb was good'

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Pedroia: 'My thumb was good'

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia returned to the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since May 28. He wore a protective brace over his injured right thumb while hitting second and playing second base against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

Pedroia went hitless with a walk and an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that tied the game at 2-2.

Afterwards, he said he hopes to be out of the brace in a few weeks, and was already adjusting to it by the end of the night.

"My thumb was good," said Pedroia. "I've just got to get used to the guard and get my timing back a little bit. But other than that, I felt fine.

"I'm not used to it, but my last few at-bats I felt more comfortable, and I was seeing the ball better and my timing was better. So, I'll build on that, come out tomorrow, and try to do something to help us."

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thought Pedroia looked healthy.

"They made some pretty darn good pitches on him, and a couple called strikes were tough on him," said Valentine. "But I think he was healthy, considering he hadn't had an at-bat in eight days. It was a pretty good performance. I thought he was on most of the pitches."

Players, analysts weigh in on Chris Sale trade

Players, analysts weigh in on Chris Sale trade

The Red Sox made a major splash with Tuesday’s Chris Sale, the second swap of the day after acquiring Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers. 

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While Boston had to give up top prospect Yoan Moncada and three other legitimate prospects in the trade, the deal gives them a very deep starting rotation that figures to see last offseason’s big acquisition -- David Price -- end up as Boston’s No. 3 starter. 

Here’s what the reaction looked like as the trade came down: 

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni gave the deal his stamp of approval. 

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan cautioned against thinking the Red Sox at a discount. 

Blake Swihart was not one of the four prospects involved in the deal, and he’ll have a heck of a team to work with going forward. 

In Tampa, Chris Archer realized the AL East has a new ace. 

And one Sox fan pointed out that Dave Dombrowski has absolutely dumped out what was once a large and top-heavy chest of prospects.