Found October 20, 2012 on NESN.com:
Editor's note: Didier Morais will review each position for the Red Sox for the 2013 season. For the first half of the season, Dustin Pedroia didn't meet his own expectations. Heading into the All-Star break, the Red Sox second baseman was hitting .266, an aberration for one of the staples of the lineup. But his slump was also attributed to two separate thumb injuries that hindered his batting. In May, Pedroia suffered a torn adductor in his right thumb and, two months later, he hyperextended the same thumb. The latter setback required Pedroia to endure a stint on the 15-day disabled list. When he returned from the DL, Pedroia bounced back and lived up to his nickname, the Laser Show. Since his activation, he regained his power stroke by drilling nine home runs -- a noticeable spike since he only had six long balls at that point.Just when the nightmare season was inching toward its end, Pedroia suffered a broken ring finger with two games left. While he played through the...
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