The injury news out of Fenway tonight is both good and bad, as Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, and Carl Crawford each provided updates about their status
Pedroia said he’s officially been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury, though a different injury than the one that kept him out of the lineup for 6 days last month. The new injury to his right thumb, being called a “hyperextension” accoring to a Red Sox press release, requires a cast, which he showed off to reporters in the clubhouse earlier today. Pedroia says he’s seeing another doctor today, but says he expects to be back soon after his DL clock is up later this month. He assured WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford that he heals quickly, and that he promises to be a contributing member of the lineup soon. The Sox have called up infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Pawtucket. Manager Bobby Valentine says Ciriaco will start in at least one of the two games tomorrow.
The news for third baseman Will Middlebrooks was a bit better, however. Middlebrooks told ESPN’s Joe McDonald that he’s at about 75 percent right now, in regards to his nagging hamstring injury. Bobby Valentine said that pinch-hitting tonight was a possibility for Middlebrooks, who took BP on the field today and has run the last two days. Will seemed optimistic about his chances of being in the lineup for at least one of the two games tomorrow.
Outfielder Carl Crawford was in the clubhouse today after playing a few games for the AA Portland Sea Dogs earlier this week. Crawford says that his elbow still isn’t at 100%, but maintains that he plans to come back after the All-Star break.