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Muscle strain sidelines BoSox's Pedroia

MIAMI -- Dustin Pedroia will miss the rest of the World
Baseball Classic because of a strained muscle on his left side, but
the injury isn't considered serious.

The reigning AL MVP was replaced on Team USA's roster by second
baseman Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles.

Pedroia was scratched from the lineup before Saturday night's
11-1 loss to Puerto Rico. He said he first noticed the injury while
hitting during a workout Friday, and it worsened when he hit in the
batting cage Saturday.

"Obviously, I'm upset," the Boston second baseman said.
"Today I felt shooting pain, so that was a sign to stop.
Hopefully, it's nothing serious. I'm not concerned about the
season. I'll definitely be ready for the season."

Pedroia left the WBC and was examined by Red Sox medical
director Dr. Tom Gill on Sunday night in Fort Myers, where the team
trains. Pedroia was diagnosed with a minor strain in his lower left
abdominal area.

"While he will be held out from activity for a couple of days,
it is not expected that he will miss significant time," the team
said in a statement. "Pedroia will rejoin Red Sox spring training
camp on Sunday and is no longer participating in the World Baseball
Classic."

Pedroia, who was replaced in the U.S. lineup Saturday by Mark
DeRosa, said playing meaningful games so early in March might have
contributed to the injury.

"I've never had anything like this," he said. "Maybe I pushed
it a little bit too hard too fast."