Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia has surgery on left thumb

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ORLANDO — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia did not require a graft to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Dr. Donald Sheridan did a less invasive procedure in Scottsdale, Ariz., Wednesday.

“It was the less complicated of the two possibilities. So that was good news,” said general manager Ben Cherington, who swapped text messages with Pedroia. “It sounded like everything went well.”

Presumably Pedroia used only his right thumb while texting.

Cherington said the Red Sox are “fully confident” Pedroia will be ready for the start of next season.

“Spring training, because he’s Dustin Pedroia and doesn’t have to worry about making the team, we’ll see where he is. If we need to buy time, we will,” Cherington said.

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