Pedroia on playing through injury

BOSTON -- Despite playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia missed only two games the entire season and helped Boston to its third World Series title in a decade.

As the team prepared for the rolling rally around the city, Pedroia admitted he’s tired and sore from the grind of the season, but he was all smiles because he’s a two-time World Series winner. He will have surgery at some point in the coming weeks to repair the damage from the injury he suffered diving into first base on Opening Day.

“It was frustrating at times but it’s a part of the job,” Pedroia said. “Every day players, you go through [injuries] and you’ve just got to find a way to manage it. Our training staff was awesome, but I just had to limit my swings in the cage and find a way to get through it.”

Pedroia finished the season with a .301 batting average, including 84 RBI and a career-low nine homers. He also earned his third Gold Glove award.