Dustin Pedroia to Rejoin Red Sox Lineup Tonight

May 26, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) hits a single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Red Sox are planning on having Dustin Pedroia rejoin their lineup tonight for their series opener against the Baltimore Orioles, a team source told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Pedroia has been out of the Red Sox lineup since May 28 while dealing with the thumb injury.

After leaving a May 28 game against the Detroit Tigers, Pedroia was diagnosed with a slight tear in the adductor muscle of his right thumb. Initially it was rumored that the injury could send Pedroia to their disabled list and keep him out for three-to-four weeks.

But it appears Pedroia will avoid a stint on the DL altogether and return only a little over a week after sustaining the injury.

Pedroia’s return will be a boost for the injury-ravaged Red Sox, who are only three games out of first place in the American League East despite residing in the division’s basement. On the year, Pedroia has hit at a clip of .295/.350/.450 with 20 extra-base hits, 30 runs scored and 21 RBIs.

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