CHICAGO — The general sense surrounding Dustin Pedroia’s left wrist sprain Tuesday was that the worst was avoided. He didn’t break anything, there was no structural damage.
“Could have been a lot worse,” Pedroia. “I’m definitely relieved that it’s not broken or anything like that.”
Hurt as a base runner when he tumbled over first baseman Jose Abreu on Monday, Pedroia said the fact he had surgery on the wrist in the past didn’t play in, either.
Multiple doctors looked over the results of Pedroia’s MRI, including his wrist surgeon.
“If this happened to anyone else on the team they’d be in the same situation regardless if they had surgeries on their hand,” said Pedroia, who arrived wearing a brace on the wrist. “It was just a weird baseball play and my whole body landed on that area, so it could have [Xander Bogaerts] or Mookie [Betts] or anybody, so it’s part of the game and you’ve just got to deal with it and move on.”
The question is less about how soon Pedroia returns and more about what version of Pedroia returns.
Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski indicated Pedroia could be back right when his time on the disabled list is up.
“We think at the end of the 10-day period he'll be fine,” Dombrowski said.
Per Baseball-Reference.com, the Red Sox are at 0.0 wins above replacement at second base this season.
Pedroia’s power has been lacking, with two home runs. He’s been a good hitter otherwise, with a .292 average and .369 on-base percentage. But his slugging percentage is .380.
Pedroia’s left leg was hurt in a well-known incident in Baltimore when Manny Machado slid into him. It's at least possible his health has affected his power.
Sox manager John Farrell did not think Pedroia was going to the opposite field more this season because of the leg.
“No, I can't say it's been to compensate or anything like that,” Farrell said. “Of late, we're seeing balls to the pull side, a couple of balls off the wall. I just think there's been such a consistent pitching plan against him. He’s rarely gotten multiple pitches on the inside part of the plate to turn on.”
When asked if Pedroia thought there could be an auxiliary benefit to the time off — that his left leg could heal up — he didn’t seem to agree with the thinking.
“No, it’s irrelevant man,” Pedroia said. “Time down, I’m trying to get my hand better and I’ll be in there.”
It’s hard to see how time to heal up for his leg would be irrelevant.
“You'd think with the focus being on the rehab of the wrist, that it does give him a chance to maybe let the knee issue calm down, depending on how severe that was,” Farrell said. “That was probably situational with the weather the other night [when he was pulled at Fenway Park because of the leg], and the onset of some things inside that ballgame. But Pedie's going to do whatever he can, and whatever is in his power to get the most out of his physical conditioning. There's never a concern with that, but we've got 10 days to address the wrist and whatever benefits come back, we'll see when he returns.”