Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/7/12

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss at least three weeks after hyperextending his right thumb trying to make a diving catch in a game Tuesday.

Pedroia had tried to talk the Red Sox into giving the thumb just a few days of rest, but the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday, according to the Boston Globe.

Pedroia had X-rays and an MRI Thursday and was examined by team doctors. He will have the thumb further evaluated by specialists and said he does not expect to have surgery.

The injury is not related to the thumb injury he sustained in May.

"It's frustrating," Pedroia said. "I healed up from the other injury and I was just starting to feel better and swinging the bat better. I dive one time and now this. It's just frustrating. But the guys will hold it down. We're getting our other guys back and I'll be back soon. We'll make our run."

The injury occurred in the fifth inning against the Oakland A's on Tuesday when he dove for a ball hit by Oakland's Kurt Suzuki.

"We're not going to start counting days," manager Bobby Valentine said. "I guess everybody who has to give an opinion is trying to give that. When a guy's on the disabled list, he's on the disabled list. I don't plan on him coming back until someone says, 'Hey, he looks good and he's ready to come back.' "

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