Dustin Pedroia has not taken his final swing of 2012. The Red Sox second baseman was written into the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, one day after an X-ray on his left ring finger revealed an avulsion fracture.
General manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the injury should "heal on its own and activity to tolerance."
Pedroia suffered the injury while getting caught stealing on Sunday in Baltimore. He didn't play on Monday. He was down to bat second and play second base on Tuesday.
"He couldn't swing before the game," manager Bobby Valentine said Monday. "We'll see how he is tomorrow. No one goes to the post like Dustin. If he's able to play, I bet he'll be in there tomorrow."