Late in last night's game, Dustin Pedroia appeared to re-injure his thumb. As a result, he left the game early and won't be in the line up for tonight's re-match with the Marlins.
Speaking with reporters this afternoon, Bobby Valentine said that Pedroia is only out of the line-up as a precautionary measure, and in the process fulfilled one of my greatest pet peeves when it comes to sports injury-speak.
A precautionary measure is one that's "taken in advance to avert possible evil." In other words, a move that's made prior to injury for instance, resting a healthy player in Week 17 as opposed to a move that's made after a player aggravates an already existent issue.
Precautionary? The Sox are already two steps passed precautionary with Pedroia. Now, they're on to delusional.
Listen, I get why everyone wants to tip toe around his thumb. Pedroia would rather lose an arm than spend any time on the DL. He's like Rube Baker in Major League 2. He's ready and willing to play through anything.
On one hand, you have to respect that. And you know that the Sox do at every level. That's why they resisted putting him on the DL to begin with, and haven't strayed from that decision as Pedey struggled mightily in June. And that's why after last night's re-aggravation, Bobby Valentine is using meaningless buzz words like precautionary and pretending like there's nothing to see here. But sure seems like something to me.
And I'll say the same thing now as I did on the day Pedroia originally hurt himself: I'd much rather lose Pedroia for 15 days in June than to deal with this back and forth for the next three months.
It still blows my mind that the Sox don't see it the same way.