Dustin Pedroia has been playing with a torn thumb ligament

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Scrappy players don’t need intact ulnar collateral ligaments in their thumbs. The Boston Herald reports that Pedoria’s has been completely torn since Opening Day and that he doesn’t really care:

“People shouldn’t know if you’re 100 percent or not. It is what it is, and it’s my responsibility to perform well,’’ Pedroia said before taking his usual spot at second base against the Phillies. “My mindset is if I’m nicked up, I have to find other ways to perform. That’s the way I think about it. Maybe I’m crazy.’’

He tore it sliding into first base agains the Yankees on April 1. Never slide into first base, kids. But if you do, be sure that you’re good enough to put up a line of .332/.422/.444 without missing a game like Pedroia has done.