BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia's best-case scenario would probably entail a return to the starting lineup when the Red Sox return from their short weekend road trip to Toronto and host the Orioles on Tuesday.
However, that would mean the Red Sox would have to play with what essentially amounts to a 24-man roster for the next five games, and no backup middle infielders.
Manager Bobby Valentine is in the process of seeing where this scenario is feasible. Boston did beat Detroit, 6-3, with the short-handed roster on Tuesday.
"That's a great question," Valentine said. "At least until the end of this game, [no roster move], and we're going to see what it looks like. Yesterday we played it against a right-hander, today we're playing against a left-hander. We want to just ... let's see what it looks like. I know you can imagine it. I'd rather see it, feel it."
Pedroia has a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb. As much as he doesn't want to go on the disabled list, Pedroia has always been mindful of what is best for the team.
"We talked with Dustin this afternoon," said Valentine. "There's an absolute situation that's in place, and then we might start considering options, but we're day to day."