The Boston Red Sox can breathe a little easier today, as the MRI on second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s right hand came back negative, according to a report from NESN.com.
Pedroia left Friday night’s extra inning game against the Tampa Bay Rays after suffering a right hand contusion. X-rays performed on Saturday came back negative as well, but the team wanted to play it safe and have an MRI done as well.
Red Sox manager John Farrell kept Pedoia out of Saturday’s lineup, and hopes that the injury will not cause Pedroia to end up on the disabled list, but rather just be day-to-day as the contusion heals.
Pedroia suffered the injury while attempting to field a throw from catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Wil Myers’ stolen base in the second inning of Friday’s game. He initially stayed in the game but was forced to leave in obvious pain after grounding out to third base to end the ninth inning.
Jonathan Herrera started in place of Pedroia on Saturday, and will likely be in the lineup in Sunday’s 1:30 first pitch against the Rays.
The Red Sox recently ended a 10-game losing streak by sweeping the Atlanta Braves in four games, and have won the first two games in this series with the Rays.