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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Pedroia in lineup despite broken finger

By Gordon Edes

NEW YORK -- Despite a broken finger on his left hand that the Boston Red Sox said would sideline him for the final two games of the season, second baseman Dustin Pedroia was in the initial lineup posted for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees.

Pedroia did not play Monday and it was assumed he would not play in the final two games of the season Tuesday and Wednesday. But late Monday night Pedroia indicated to ESPNBoston.com he would see how his finger felt Tuesday and "try to get out there."

The team called the injury an avulsion fracture of the ring finger of his left hand. The injury is expected to heal without surgery.

With the Sox trailing by three runs in the top of the eighth Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, Pedroia attempted to steal second base. He was gunned down by catcher Matt Wieters and jammed the ring finger on his left hand into the bag.

Pedroia's season was hampered by multiple injuries to his right thumb. On May 28, he tore the adductor muscle in the thumb. He did not go on the disabled list, although he missed seven games and his performance at the plate suffered noticeably. Then, on July 3, he hyperextended the same thumb while diving for a ball in Oakland and was placed on the disabled list. There had been concern that he would miss considerable time with the injury, but he returned after just 15 days.