Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/6/12



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Add Dustin Pedroia to the Red Sox' overpopulated disabled list.

After sitting out Wednesday’s game in Oakland because of a jammed right thumb, Pedroia underwent tests yesterday in Boston that revealed a new injury to his thumb. The second baseman is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list before tonight’s series opener against the Yankees at Fenway Park [map], according to a major league source, at which point the Red Sox will make a corresponding roster move.

Pedroia missed six games last month with a torn adductor muscle in his thumb. At that time, though, the Red Sox’ medical staff concurred that he wouldn’t do additional damage to the muscle by playing through the injury.

This new problem, likely suffered Tuesday night when Pedroia dove for a ball in shallow right field, is in a different area, specifically the back side of the thumb.

Herald - Dustin Pedroia down, out

You never want to see Pedroia's name hit the DL.  Especially now, when the team could use all the fire it can get its hands on.  But, this may not be such an awful thing.

Whether it was the thumb (it was most certainly the thumb) or something else, Pedey has been pretty bad at baseball lately.  Through 93 at-bats in June, his laser morphed into a sparkler.  .194 batting average, .269 slugging.  0 home runs.  10 RBIs.  15 strike outs.  Arguably the worst month of his career, besides that first terrible month in the bigs back in '07.

Sitting down for a bit, resting, getting his hand back in order.  These are all things that should allow Pedroia to have the type of second-half we expect from him.  Not to mention the fact that he'll be angrily stewing in the dugout, pouring over every terrible at-bat he's had this season, waiting for the moment he can get back into the batters box.  A pissed off Pedroia with something to prove should make for some good baseball.

Whether this is truly a completely separate thumb injury that just happened to affect the already-injured thumb?  I scoff at that, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter.  If Pedroia can slip on a glove, get onto the diamond and do baseball things, nobody is going to be able to corral him.  If this was a team with a 10 game lead in the division, I'm probably getting angry at this.  But our leader wanted to play through an injury to help his team claw back in the playoff race.  If he hurt himself further doing that?  That's sports.  No reason to get up in arms about the Sox medical staff once again.

On Page 2, get ready to see a lot of the Yankees

Thanks to a quirk in the schedule and one rainy day, the Red Sox have played the Yankees twice so far. The last of those games was April 21.

From Friday night through the final day of the season Oct. 3, the Sox and Yankees are scheduled to play 16 times, nine games in the Bronx. For the Sox, that means one out of every five games the rest of the season will be against their rivals.

The teams will play four games this weekend; a day-night doubleheader on Saturday was made necessary when the April 22 game was rained out.

Globe - Catching up

You don't need to be a genius to realize how crucial these 16 games are.  These could easily make or break the Sox 2012 season. 

If they can win 10-12 of the contests, they'll take a jump in the standings and in their collective team confidence.

If they lose 10-12?  Well, you weren't really enjoying this season that much anywhere right?

Rest of the links:

Herald - Big chance for Red Sox | David Ortiz power trip still going strong | Globe - Dustin Pedroia is headed to the DL | Full speed ahead for rehabbing Sox | CSNNE - Ortiz has been a year-long fireworks display | NBC Sports - A fan yelled racist stuff at Carl Crawford on his rehab assignment | WEEI - Forget a raise, what about a pay cut? Why David Ortiz and the Red Sox could confront a challenging negotiation | Bard hits two batters, umpire

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