Pedroia on thumb: Feel 'great', no setbacks

Pedroia on thumb: Feel 'great', no setbacks
January 28, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Dustin Pedroia dealt with a nagging thumb injury for pretty much all of last season, but it doesn't appear that it's going to be an issue in the upcoming season.

Pedroia had surgery on the thumb in mid-November, where it was determined that the surgery was less invasive than originally feared.

Now, Pedroia's thumb is on the mend, and already feeling better than it did last season.

“I feel great," Pedroia said on WEEI. "I’ve been probably doing a little bit more than I’€™m supposed to do, but I feel great, man. I haven’€™t had a setback one time. Gripping stuff is not a problem, swinging a bat is not a problem, catching a ball is not a problem. So I’€™m excited, man, this is good.”

Pedroia finished last season batting .301, but saw his power dip to nine home runs - single digits for the first time since 2007. He had 84 RBI, which was the second-most of his career. So just how much of an issue was the thumb last season?

“To be honest with you, it was just an uncomfortable feeling," Pedroia said. "I didn’t have that much grip strength. I was fine at the contact point and then the only tough part was kind of finishing your swing because [you] have to turn your follow through turn your left hand over and your thumb kind of rotates. That was one of the things that was a problem all year. … Even from the beginning, you have to figure out a way to get through it kind of and adjust on the fly, but I didn’t feel any different the first game or second game to the last game of the World Series. Obviously you get tired because you play so many games.”