Infielder Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox fields a ground ball against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Sometimes it rains, sometimes it pours, and sometimes acid falls out of the sky and everything living becomes dead.
Initially, it didn't look so bad. Pedroia reportedly jammed his right thumb while making a diving play in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Tigers. Afterward, optimism abounded, with Pedroia expected to miss perhaps a game or two. Which might be exactly what happens ...
Pedroia torn abductor muscle in thumb. Hopes to play through with splint and avoid DL. Team is still discussing DL.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) May 30, 2012
So it's too early to add Pedroia to the list that already includes Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, and every Red Sox player who's ever played, or thought about playing, right field. However long Pedroia's out, Nick Punto figures to see most of the action at second base, since Mike Aviles has locked down shortstop for himself.