Farrell expects Pedroia back for series finale

MRI on Sox star's right hand confirms no fracture or structural damage

Farrell expects Pedroia back for series finale

BOSTON --- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in the lineup Saturday after exiting Friday night's game against the Rays with what the club called a "right hand contusion."

X-rays on Pedroia's hand came back negative Friday, and he underwent additional testing, including an MRI, before Saturday's game. The MRI confirmed no fracture or structural damage.

After Saturday's 7-1 win, manager John Farrell said he expected to have Pedroia back in the lineup Sunday.

The second baseman landed awkwardly on his right hand after catching a throw from A.J. Pierzynski with Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers stealing second in the second inning of Friday night's 3-2 win.

Jonathan Herrera made his 12th start of the season and first since May 11 in Pedroia's place. The 29-year-old utility man said he enjoys playing his part --- wherever and whenever he's needed. In Saturday's win, he put down a bunt that turned into an RBI single.

"He stays prepared," Farrell said. "He's a true pro. He understands his role and accepts it, and that's why he's stayed in the Major Leagues as long as he has, in addition to his talents."

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.