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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia suffered a strained left oblique muscle while working out with Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. Pedroia will return to Fort Myers to be examined by Red Sox doctors, who will determine if Pedroia should drop out of the WBC due to the injury.
“I was hitting extra yesterday and kind of felt some soreness,” Pedroia told reporters in Miami today. “Started taking flips today and I kind of felt a shooting pain a little bit. Our hitting coach, Reggie Smith, said, ‘Hey, that’s it. Go get checked out.’ Our trainer obviously called the Red Sox and I’ll get checked out by the doctors there. I think it’s more precautionary than anything. Obviously I’m upset. It’s a couple of days and I’ll be back tomorrow after I get checked out. I’ll continue playing. It’s up to the Red Sox. I don’t really have a say in that matter.”
Reaction: Pedroia’s injury is the very reason that many feel the World Baseball Classic shouldn’t exist at all. Any player in the tournament runs the risk of injury or late-season fatigue as a result of playing playoff-intense baseball in early March. It will be a shame if Pedroia’s performance is affected by his injury.