Dustin Pedroia is playing tonight despite a broken finger

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Dustin Pedroia broke the ring finger on his left hand Sunday, which naturally led to everyone assuming that he’d sit out the final three games of the season.

Instead the former MVP is in the Red Sox’s lineup tonight, playing second base and batting second against the Yankees.

And why is he playing through a broken finger for a last-place team with two games remaining? Peter Gammons quotes him as saying: “I will change the culture.”

I guess that’s admirable, but Pedroia already tried to play through a significant hand injury once this season and ended up hitting .210 in 26 games before the Red Sox finally placed him on the disabled list with a torn thumb muscle. It’s safe to say this has about as much chance of changing the Red Sox’s “culture” as that did.

Giants making Brandon Belt available

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.

Which is kind of weird, really.

Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.

Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.

But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.