The Red Sox have placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day DL, according to the team. The injury occurred when a collision at first base resulted in a severely sprained left wrist.
An MRI revealed no structural damage to the second baseman’s wrist, but the sprain was enough for the Red Sox to take a cautionary route for their clubhouse leader who has dealt with wrist issues earlier in his career.
Pedroia underwent surgery on this same wrist back in 2014 and has battled multiple hand and wrist injuries over the years, which can come into play as the Red Sox evaluate him and determine his timetable for a return.
The injury was suffered on Monday against the White Sox when he collided into Jose Abreu at first base on a close play. It occurred on the day the Sox welcomed back David Price from the disabled list after Price had missed the season’s first two months with arm trouble.
In 45 games this season, Pedroia is batting .292 with an OPS+ of 100. He heads to the DL with the Red Sox in second place in the AL East, three games behind the Yankees.
Infielders Josh Rutledge and Deven Marrero could see increased playing time in Pedroia’s absence. Rutledge is batting .292 in 48 at-bats this season, filling in with Marco Hernandez and Pablo Sandoval both sidelined due to injury. Boston activated Sandoval off the 10-day disabled list today, meaning he will likely see immediate action at third base.