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Surgery for Pedroia, but not Buchholz

ORLANDO -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington reiterated that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the torn UCL ligament in his left thumb said Pedroia should be ready for the start of the season, barring any major surprises.

Cherington also gave an upbeat assessment of pitcher Clay Buchholz, saying the shoulder issues that sidelined the right-hander for 94 days do not need to be surgically addressed this winter.

“We expect a normal offseason,” Cherington said. “No medical limitations, just a question of stamina and strength.

“He just needs a good offseason. We expect him to do that and be ready for spring training. Any pitcher in baseball has a [shoulder] program for themselves. Clay is on his own program and we expect him to have a good, normal offseason.”