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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Dustin Pedroia sits, but hand OK

By Scott Barboza
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in the starting lineup for Saturday night's 7-1 win over the Rays after being forced from Friday night's win with an injury to his right hand.

Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia is out of the starting lineup against the Rays with an injured right hand.

Manager John Farrell said X-rays to Pedroia's hand came back negative, and an MRI taken later showed no structural damage.

Jonathan Herrera started in Pedroia's place.

"We'll have a better read once we the get the results of the MRI back," Farrell said before the game. "Hopefully, this is just a day-to-day situation."

Pedroia is batting .275 with a .349 on-base percentage with two home runs and 17 RBIs while playing in 53 games.

Also Saturday, the Red Sox called up right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket, and he started against the Rays, pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight without issuing a walk.

Outfielder Daniel Nava was optioned back to Pawtucket in a corresponding move. Nava has hit at a .130 clip in 22 games for the Red Sox this season. While with the PawSox, he hit .253 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.