Dustin Pedroia tests injured thumb by taking batting practice

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There’s still a chance that Dustin Pedroia will end up on the disabled list, but he’s doing his best to get back in the lineup as soon as possible.

According to the Associated Press, Pedroia took batting practice before today’s game against the Blue Jays. It was his first time swinging a bat since he was diagnosed with a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb earlier this week.

Pedroia, who was fitted with a custom brace to protect his thumb, took about 25 swings over four sessions. He’ll be re-evaluated throughout the weekend to see if there’s any increased swelling from today’s session, after which the Red Sox will likely make a decision about whether to keep him active or place him on the disabled list.

Pedroia, 28, is hitting .295/.350/.450 with five homers, 21 RBI, three stolen bases and an .800 OPS through 48 games this year. Nick Punto, who went 3-for-4 with a long home run this afternoon, is currently filling in at second base.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.