Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent
surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right pinky, reports Rob Bradford of
"I know it's a finger,
but it's your pinkie so I just taped it. It's probably more useful in your
everyday life than baseball. One time I sat in a chair wrong and it shot out,
or high-fiving a guy, it would get caught on his jersey and it would just shoot
out. But it wouldn't really bother me when I played."
The surgery was reportedly a success (aren’t they always?)
and a pin will remain in Pedroia’s finger for four weeks. He will have to wear
a cast through the weekend and then he’ll switch to a brace. It won’t impact
the start of his 2013 season.
Pedroia had been dealing with the injury for much of the
second half of the season, as he sustained it during a July 29 game against the
New York Yankees. Over the remainder of the year Pedroia had the injury numbed
several times, but it wasn’t diagnosed as a ligament tear until the final road
trip of the season.