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Red Sox 2B Pedroia has cortisone injection in wrist

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had a cortisone injection in his left wrist and hopes to return to Boston’s starting lineup tonight.

The AL MVP was injured April 4 when Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez broke up a double play at second base in the ninth inning. Pedroia is hitting .139 (5 for 36) since then with one RBI and no walks, leaving his season average at .236.

“Hopefully, I’ll be in here tomorrow,” Pedroia said yesterday. They gave me a shot to calm everything down. They said it’s 24, 48 hours to kick in, and then I’ll get there and go.”

He missed Sunday’s series finale at the New York Yankees.

“I was getting a little bit worried. It was getting worse every day,” Pedroia said. “Everything got inflamed. You keep swinging and playing and it just adds up until you think something is really wrong.”

Red Sox Manager John Farrell said it was possible Pedroia could pinch hit yesterday.

In other injury news, closer Koji Uehara threw a bullpen session yesterday, is expected to throw another today and could be available for tomorrow’s game. He has not pitched since April 9 because of a sore right shoulder.

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