GM confirms surgery likely for Pedroia

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington on Monday confirmed earlier reports that second baseman Dustin Pedroia is likely to undergo thumb surgery.

“No date or site set for surgery, but it certainly looks like it’s headed in that direction,” Cherington said.

Pedroia suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb on Opening Day when he dove into first base at Yankee Stadium. The injury did not become public for several weeks and Pedroia continued to play through it, eventually appearing in a career-high 160 games and all 16 in the playoffs.

The four-time All-Star hit .301 and won his third Gold Glove award in the process. He told WEEI’s “Salk and Holley” show last week that he had to make some adjustments to manage the injury, and later told ESPNBoston.com that he had to “get that thing fixed.”

The organization was still waiting Monday for the results of exams conducted on first baseman Mike Napoli, who had a solid season after entering the year with uncertainty surrounding the condition of his hips. Napoli is a free agent.

On Monday, the Sox extended a qualifying offer to Napoli for $14.1 million for 2014. He had a base salary of $5 million in 2013 but reached incentives that bumped it up to $13 million. Cherington said he would make qualifying offers only to players he wanted on the roster, so the team is at least comfortable with Napoli’s condition to extend him another year. The team may discuss a long-term agreement later this offseason, with the results of Napoli’s exit physical playing a part in that process.

“Still some things that we’re working on, information we’re gathering,” Cherington said.