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BID Injury Report

Overcoming Wrist Injuries




Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia suffered a sprained left wrist on May 29 when he collided with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. It was an awkward play, one that caused Pedroia to land with his full body weight on his wrist. Pedroia managed to stay in the game for another inning before being pulled and later getting an MRI. Tests showed no fractures or torn ligaments. What could've been a serious injury only ended up costing Pedroia a short stint on the 10-day DL.

"Hand and wrist injuries are fairly common in sports," says John-Paul Hezel, MD, a physiatrist in the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "And they're highly treatable as long as you're patient with the healing process."

Pedroia is a good example of that type of patience. He had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb after the 2013 season and surgery on a tendon in his left wrist in 2014. He came back from both injuries to continue competing at a high level, including…"

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Physicians at BIDMC do not treat Red Sox players and have no specific knowledge of player conditions.