Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/6/12

The Boston Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list Friday night with a jammed thumb.

Pedroia suffered the injury during Wednesday's game in Oakland. Tests showed that the injury was different than the torn adductor muscle near the right thumb he suffered in late May.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he hoped to have Pedroia back soon after the All-Star break. They called up infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Class AAA Pawtucket to take his roster spot.

The timing of the injury was not good as the Red Sox opened a four-game series against the rival New York Yankees on Friday at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox were planning to have Pedroia back for the crucial series. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks already was questionable with a strained hamstring.

The 28-year-old missed six games last month because of the first thumb injury and reinjured it July 19 while batting, but missed one game.

He was hitting .210 with a .282 on-base percentage in 26 games since the original thumb injury. Overall this season, he has a .266 batting average with six home runs with 33 RBIs.

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