By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
NEW YORK -- The exam on Dustin Pedroia's knee showed that the Red Sox second baseman is suffering from a bruised kneecap that won't require surgery.
"I fully expect him to be batting second tomorrow," said manager Terry Francona. "I don't think he's going to miss any time."
Francona said the problem predates the collision several weeks ago that Pedroia mentioned on Wednesday.
"It was actually sore last year," said Francona, "and it's been nagging at him a lot this year. What we're trying to do is reassure us and Pedey that he can play without making it worse."
When asked why the team did the test now -- considering that the Sox had an off-day last Monday and will have another next month -- Francona replied: "He complained about it."