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Dustin Pedroia set for hand surgery

BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will have season-ending surgery on Thursday to deal with soreness in his left hand and wrist that has been an issue much of the season.

Manager John Farrell said after Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Baltimore Orioles that Pedroia will have a procedure performed by Dr. Matthew Leibman, the team's hand and wrist surgeon.

"He's going to have a procedure done here tomorrow by Dr. Leibman in Boston that will address what he's dealing with right now," Farrell said. "I don't know any more specifics that that. There will certainly be a follow up after that's completed tomorrow."

Pedroia, who spoke about the possibility of having surgery on Tuesday night, said it would not be anything major.

"It's kind of like a release or something to get the inflammation out of there," he said. "If that were the case, I would have a normal offseason and be able to lift weights, something that I didn't get a chance to do very much last offseason."

Pedroia, who has missed the last Red Sox's last two games, said Tuesday that he started dealing with the issue during the home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, when he landed badly on his left wrist when upended on a double play relay. At the time, Pedroia was still rehabbing from offseason thumb surgery that was delayed until November as a result of the Red Sox's World Series run.

It has been a disappointing season at the plate for Pedroia, who is hitting .278 with seven home runs, 53 RBIs and six stolen bases -- far lower than his typical season averages.

He finished the 2013 season hitting .301 with nine homers, 84 RBIs and 17 stolen bases Before missing five games with a concussion earlier this month, Pedroia had played in all but four of the team's first 135 games this season.

This will be the third successive year in which Pedroia will have had surgery for a hand injury. In addition to repairing his ulnar collateral ligament last November, Pedroia had a pin inserted into his right pinkie finger in October 2012.