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Dustin Pedroia Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Wrist and Return
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Updates from Thursday, April 17

The Red Sox announced that Pedroia has returned to the starting lineup:

Updates from Wednesday, April 16

The Red Sox have welcomed Dustin Pedroia back into the starting lineup after sitting out with an injured wrist:

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal has the latest on Dustin Pedroia, who is not in the lineup for the Red Sox on Monday:

Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com had more on Pedroia's injured wrist:

Updates from Monday, April 14

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe has the latest on Dustin Pedroia:

Joe McDonald and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston had more on Pedroia's status:

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia does not have a fracture in his left wrist, a development a baseball source called "great news" on Monday afternoon.

Another source told ESPNBoston.com earlier Monday that things looked good "so far," but that further tests were scheduled.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com is reporting that Pedroia is expected avoid the disabled list.

Abraham later added:

Nick Cafardo of Boston.com provided further clarification on the injury: 

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It hasn't been a great start to the year for Dustin Pedroia with the Boston Red Sox, and it might just be getting worse for the four-time All-Star second baseman.  

Pedroia injured his left wrist after a take-out slide earlier in the week, and manager John Farrell reports the injury is potentially getting worse, per Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:

Sean McAdam of Comcast Sportsnet provides more details on the extent of the injury:

After being scratched for the series finale between the Red Sox and New York Yankees on Sunday night, according to Mike Axisa of CBS Sports, concern over the injury intensified.

This isn't the first injury for Pedroia, though, as he played through a damaged ligament in his left thumb all last season. The 30-year-old appeared in 160 games despite the injury and came away with a .301 batting average and 84 RBI.

That success hasn't translated over to this season, as he's batting just .236 in 55 plate appearances with no home runs and one RBI. Farrell commented on his second baseman's recent struggles, per Ricky Doyle of NESN:

It’s more about the overall performance in the leadoff spot. It’s also a chance for Dustin to focus on just getting on base. I think there’s been times where Pedey has expanded the strike zone a little bit and forced the issue some.

(This is) another opportunity to get him to see some pitches. This is now the fourth different guy we’ve had in the leadoff spot, so we’re looking for a combination (and) a little bit of a spark at the top.

While the significance of the injury has yet to be announced, a tough upcoming schedule awaits the Red Sox. Following Sunday night's matchup with the Yankees, Boston travels to take on the Chicago White Sox before facing the Baltimore Orioles and Yankees yet again.

Pedroia may be out of the lineup on Sunday, but his toughness showed during 2013 as he fought through an injury to continue a successful career. If the injury doesn't completely hinder his productivity, expect to see Pedroia do everything he can to get back on the field.

 

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