CHICAGO -- Dustin Pedroia expressed relief Tuesday that his sore left wrist was the result of some inflammation in the area, and not, as was first feared, some structural damage to the wrist.
Pedroia had an exam Monday that revealed the inflammation. He was given a cortisone shot to alleviate some of the pain and swelling and while he was out of the lineup again Tuesday for the second straight games, hope to return to action Wednesday.
"I was a little bit worried,'' said Pedroia. "It was getting worse every day. It happens. I just felt like it was part of the deal and I'm obviously still doing the rehab on my (surgically-repaired) thumb. I wanted to get it checked out and hopefully everything's fine.''
Pedroia said the wrist injury dates back to a takeout slide by Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez during the home opener on April 4.
"I got caught in a weird angle,'' he said, "and everything got inflamed. I landed kind of awkwardly. I thought it was general soreness from my rehab. Then the more I swung, I kept feeling weaker and it was aching. You keep swinging and playing, it all adds up until you think something is really wrong.''
Pedroia stressed that while the area is near the thumb "and everything's connected,'' the inflammation has "nothing to do with my ligament that I got fixed. That part's fine.''
He sat out Tuesday to ensure that the problem isn't going to persist.
"I tried to strangle John (Farrell) and get in there,'' he said jokingly. "If one more day, this can go away, that's great. I'll be in there tomorrow. They said the shot takes about 24-48 hours to kick in and then I'll be ready to go.''
John Farrell said Pedroia was available "in a limited capacity'' Tuesday night, perhaps as a pinch-runner.
"He fought tooth-and-nail to be in there (Tuesday) night,'' said Farrell. "But we felt like after the injection yesterday, another day of some treatment and laying low a little bit is probably the best course.''
With Pedroia sidelined, Jonathan Herrera got the start at second, as he did Sunday night in New York.