Pedroia should be ready for Spring Training
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's surgically repaired left thumb is healing well and the 30-year-old All-Star is expected to return to action when pitchers and catchers report in February, according to manager John Farrell (via the Red Sox official Twitter account):
Farrell on Pedroia: "All signs point to him being ready to go for Spring Training."— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) December 9, 2013
Pedroia suffered a torn ligament in his thumb during Boston's season-opening series against the Yankees in April but opted to play through the injury. Despite the pain sapping his power to the point where he failed to finish with double-digit home runs for the first time since 2007, Pedroia hit .301/.372/.415 and won a Gold Glove in 2013.
Ethier won't undergo ankle surgery
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is no longer bothered by the lower leg injury that cost him the final two weeks of the season and the playoffs, general manager Ned Coletti told the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett:
#Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said rest took care of ankle-lower leg issue that plagued Andre Ethier over final month of season and into playoffs— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) December 11, 2013
Ethier won't need to undergo surgery, which might increase his trade value. The Dodgers have toyed around with the idea of dealing the 31-year-old veteran who hit .272/.360/.423 in 2013, the first year of a five-year, $85 million deal.
Buchholz making progress
Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz is recovering nicely from shoulder and neck injuries that persisted all the way through Game 4 of the World Series, manager John Farrell said on Monday (via WEEI):
John Farrell at winter meetings: No ‘physical discomfort’ for Clay Buchholz http://t.co/0ih9Dl4CD6— WEEI (@WEEI) December 9, 2013
Buchholz has resumed his usual offseason workout regimen, Farrell noted, adding that he will be counted on to provide significant innings. The 29-year-old right-hander went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 108⅓ innings spanning 16 starts in 2013.