Dustin Pedroia takes BP with brace

TORONTO -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia took batting practice while wearing a specially designed brace before Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was the first time he's swung a bat since tearing a muscle in his right thumb five days ago.

Pedroia took about 25 swings over four sessions. When he was done, the 2008 AL MVP pulled off his gloves and spoke briefly with Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson.

The brace is designed to lessen the strain on Pedroia's thumb, but when he'll return to action remains unknown.

"(Pedroia) is feeling a little better. It's just to make sure that his body is in tune," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday. "We don't think he's going to be swinging really hard. Plus, we'll see how the brace fits."

On Sunday, Valentine reported that Pedroia "had no effects" after taking batting practice Saturday.

Valentine said he and the training staff would "probably talk" Monday, on the team's off day, about whether or not Pedroia would have to go on the 15-day disabled list. Valentine added that Pedroia would likely continue to rehabilitate his injury during the break in the schedule.

Pedroia missed his sixth consecutive game Sunday since suffering the torn adductor muscle in the thumb of his throwing hand.

Pedroia is hitting .295 with five homers and 21 RBIs.

Mark Polishuk is a special contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.