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MLB Roundup: Pedroia to miss at least 3 weeks, Crawford suffers rehab setback

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss at least three weeks after hyperextending his right thumb trying to make a diving catch in a game Tuesday.

Pedroia had tried to talk the Red Sox into giving the thumb just a few days of rest, but the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday, according to the Boston Globe.

Pedroia had X-rays and an MRI Thursday and was examined by team doctors. He will have the thumb further evaluated by specialists and said he does not expect to have surgery.

The injury is not related to the thumb injury he sustained in May.

"It's frustrating," Pedroia said. "I healed up from the other injury and I was just starting to feel better and swinging the bat better. I dive one time and now this. It's just frustrating. But the guys will hold it down. We're getting our other guys back and I'll be back soon. We'll make our run."

The injury occurred in the fifth inning against the Oakland A's on Tuesday when he dove for a ball hit by Oakland's Kurt Suzuki.

"We're not going to start counting days," manager Bobby Valentine said. "I guess everybody who has to give an opinion is trying to give that. When a guy's on the disabled list, he's on the disabled list. I don't plan on him coming back until someone says, 'Hey, he looks good and he's ready to come back.' "

--Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will have his rehab clock restart because he sustained a left groin injury during a rehab assignment for his surgically-repaired shoulder.

That means he will not be back with the Red Sox to start the second half of the season, as was expected, MLB.com reported Saturday.

"He hit a triple (Thursday) and when he turned second, he just felt a little twinge there," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Taking a couple days off from hitting and playing. He's going to go right back in and start hitting soon in a game. It's not a strain or anything. It's ice prevention. Or it's a little preventative thing to make sure it doesn't get worse."

Position players have up to 20 days to rehab injuries in the minor leagues. Crawford had used 15 of those days but the groin problem gives the Red Sox and Crawford additional time. He cannot go back into rehab games for five days.

Crawford said Friday his left elbow is still causing discomfort, but not when he is hitting.

"It's not 100 percent healthy, but I'm able to hit, so I said pretty much whenever I'm able to start hitting the ball and swinging the bat, then I'll play," Crawford said.

--New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana twisted his right ankle in the fifth inning of Friday night's 8-7 loss against the Chicago Cubs, but is not considered to be a serious injury.

Santana allowed 13 hits (three home runs) in 4 2/3 innings as the Cubs scored five runs in the fifth inning.

The left-hander hurt his ankle and it got stepped on by the Cubs' Reed Johnson on a play at first base during the Cubs' outburst that took Santana out of the game.

Santana said in the New York Post that the injury did not affect his performance.

"I wasn't thinking about it at the time," he said. "I just wanted to continue and try to get some outs. The execution was poor. I wasn't able to keep the ball down and they hit it out."

Santana said the ankle felt sore after the game, but does not expect it to affect his next start.

--Baltimore Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez honored his friend and former minor league teammate Nick Adenhart, who was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident in April 2009, by using a glove Friday night that Adenhart gave him two years earlier.

Gonzalez made his first major league start at Angel Stadium in front of 200 family members and friends. He went to high school in Southern California and signed with the then Anaheim Angels as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played with Adenhart in the Angels' system for two seasons.

The right-handed throwing Gonzalez, using the glove Adenhart gave him in 2007 as a gift, tossed seven innings of three-hit ball before a crowd of 42,716 in the Orioles' 3-2 victory over the Angels.

While Gonzalez has held on to the Rawlings glove for five years, he had never used it in a game before Friday.

"I thought it was the perfect time to do it," he told MLB.com.

Gonzalez always keeps the glove close to him as a reminder of his fallen friend.

"We were pretty close," Gonzalez said of Adenhart. "We played together for two years. I'm with him in my heart and obviously their family, I'm with them, too. It wasn't an easy thing for them."

After playing four minor league seasons with the Angels, Gonzalez missed 2008 with a knee injury and ended up with the Boston Red Sox as a Rule 5 Draft pick. He missed 2009 after having Tommy John surgery. He pitched in the Red Sox lower minors until he was released last December.

The Orioles picked up Gonzalez in February after a stint in the Mexican Winter League. He got called up after a 1.61 ERA in 14 appearances (six starts) in the minors.

"All the hard work, the ups and downs I've had, obviously that pushed me back a little bit, but I'm here now," Gonzalez said.

--Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, out with a partially torn left hamstring since April 30, will stay sidelined indefinitely.

Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement after Friday's 10-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

"It's not right around the corner," Maddon told Tampa Bay Online.

Longoria denied that he sustained a setback during a June 18 game with Class AAA Durham.

The Rays are 29-32 since Longoria's injury.
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