Dustin Pedroia toughed it out. Now, it’s time to go under the knife.
Pedroia, who played all season despite a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, said during an interview on WEEI’s Salk & Holley on Friday that he expects to undergo surgery in a couple of weeks.
Pedroia suffered the thumb injury on Opening Day, but still played in 160 regular-season games and all 16 of Boston’s playoff games. He was selected to the All-Star Game in July, and earned a Gold Glove this week for his solid defensive work throughout the year.
Pedroia admitted recently that he was forced to shorten his swing a bit because of the injury. The 30-year-old still hit .301 for the season, but managed just nine home runs — his lowest total since his 2007 rookie campaign.
An MRI still needs to be performed before Pedroia undergoes surgery.