Pedroia (hand) not in lineup Wednesday


Pedroia (hand) not in lineup Wednesday

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

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

BOSTON –  Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas (hip) is feeling better, but no decision has been made on whether the two-time All-Star will have surgery.

“He’s doing some rehab work out there with his people in Seattle,” Stevens told a pool reporter during Thursday night’s NBA draft. “He’s getting ready to host his Zeke-end (basketball tournament), which is a big deal for him.”

Thomas, who led all players in the Eastern Conference with a 28.9 points per game average, suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against Washington but continued to play through it.

However, the injury only worsened and ultimately led to him being unable to return in the second half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland which ended in five games.

Stevens said no decision has made yet as to whether Thomas will require surgery.

“He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action,” Stevens said. “And nothing’s determined after that. He hasn’t done a lot, physically, and will be off his feet until that next appointment, or won’t be doing any basketball.”