UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:23 p.m. ET
Dustin Pedroia underwent successful surgery to repair UCL in left thumb. Was performed this morning by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Scottsdale AZ.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) November 13, 2013
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:28 p.m. ET
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com provides more information about Pedroia's surgery:
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has surgery scheduled for Nov. 12 in Arizona to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, but the procedure may be a bit more complicated than originally thought.
According to the second baseman, who had an MRI on his thumb Tuesday, the surgeon, Dr. Donald Sheridan, may need to take a tendon from his wrist to re-attach the thumb ligament.
"I guess because I played with [the injury] the whole year, it's made it a little tougher," Pedroia explained. "If they do the normal surgery, there has to be some good endings [of the ligament] to re-attach it. If there's not, we have to do it a different way."
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Dustin Pedroia won't have much time to properly celebrate the Boston Red Sox's World Series victory.
According to WEEI.com's Alex Speier, the star second baseman announced that he will soon undergo surgery to fix a thumb ligament that he tore seven months ago on Opening Day.
Dustin Pedroia says on @WEEI that 'probably in a couple weeks' he'll have surgery in Arizona to repair thumb ligament he tore on Opening Day— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) November 1, 2013
One of the main cogs in Boston's last two title squads, Pedroia hit .301/.372/.415 this season with nine homers and 91 runs scored through 161 games. He has posted a .302 career average over his eight-year tenure in Boston.
While Pedroia fought off the pain well enough to win his third Gold Glove, his power dipped with a career-low slugging percentage and his first single-digit homer tally since his first full season in 2007.
If he played the entire 2013 campaign through the ailment, Boston fans should not panic about Pedroia's upcoming surgery that he delayed throughout the season. Nevertheless, stay tuned for updates on his progress as he works to return for the team's title defense next season.