Pedroia deflects questions on thumb

PHILADELPHIA -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had little interest in discussing his thumb injury Wednesday.

“I really don’t have anything for you,’’ he said.

Thumb injuries can be debilitating. Former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis tore the adductor muscle in his right thumb, an injury that required surgery and caused him to miss the last 56 games of the 2010 season. Did Pedroia believe that he might need surgery as well?

“I didn’t expect this to come out, you know what I mean?’’ Pedroia said, deflecting the question. “As players here, we all want our medical stuff to stay private and all that stuff. Kind of feel uncomfortable talking about it because we’re trying ... If players are playing, we don’t want to talk about injuries and stuff like that.’’

But now that it’s out, can he talk about how much it bothered him?

“No, I’m fine,’’ he said. “I told you that from the beginning.’’

Feel better now than it did?

“It’s fine, everything’s fine,’’ he said. “I appreciate you guys’ (media) concern.’’

Pedroia was asked why he felt it necessary to hide an injury that happened while playing.

“I think if you miss time, yeah, you should be able to reveal it to everybody,’’ he said, “but guys that are playing, I mean there’s no point to talking about anything. I don’t think it’s a big deal or anything like that.’’

Pedroia was asked if he had a decision to make on how to proceed at the time of the injury.

“I talked about some things with the training staff,’’ he said. “Our team doctor, things like that. It wasn’t a very long discussion. Got checked out, made sure that everything’s fine and just went and played.’’


“I feel fine. I feel normal,’’ he said.