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Saturday, November 10, 2007
Pedroia played final month, playoffs with cracked hamate bone

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Bloody sock, meet broken wrist.

Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia delivered in the clutch for the Red Sox in their run to a World Series title despite a cracked bone in his left hand.
The Boston Red Sox's 2007 run to the World Series championship gained a medical legend of its own when second baseman Dustin Pedroia revealed he played the last two months of the season and the playoffs with a cracked hamate bone in his left wrist, the Boston Herald reported.

In 2004, Red Sox starter Curt Schilling pitched in Game 6 of the the ALCS and Game 2 of the World Series with an injured tendon sutured in place. The resulting bloodstains on his socks became a symbol of that team's run to the franchise's first series title in 86 years.

Pedroia's injury was discovered by an MRI and bone scan on Sept. 10, but the second baseman, a favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year award, didn't have surgery until Tuesday and is wearing a soft cast. He doesn't know when the injury occured, according to the report.

"It was just one of those things you know you have to take care of after the season, but you have to play through," Pedroia said, according to the Herald. "A lot of guys have done that. You definitely don't want to shut it down and have surgery during the whole thing. We just had to find a way to fight through it."

The toughest moment, he said, may have come in the cold in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, when he faced the Indians' Jake Westbrook.

"I struck out, checked my swing and was like, 'Oh my God!' " Pedroia said, according to the Herald. "You just try and have the adrenaline take over, and take a lot of Tylenol. That seemed to help."

Pedroia hit .283 with 10 RBIs in 14 postseason games. In Games 5, 6 and 7 of the ALCS, with the Red Sox facing elimination, he went 7-for-13, including a home run and 5 RBIs in Game 7. He hit a lead-off homer in Game 1 of the World Series and went 3-5 with 2 RBIs in Game 3.

Pedroia, who is restricted from using his left hand until December, said the injury won't stop him from working out in Arizona during the offseason.

"It won't affect my offseason workouts at all," he said, according to the Herald. "I'll be coming in 100 percent and ready to roll."