It could have sent Dustin Pedroia down an unfamiliar path -- one which made the Red Sox second baseman start thinking about self-preservation.

Could have, but, according to Pedroia, won't.

The dive in Oakland had put a cast on his right hand, protecting the thumb which was strained enough to land Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list for the second time in his career. It is a challenge that is nothing new to the infielder, who has battled through various physical setbacks his young career. Some resulting in missed games (thumb, broken foot), others just testing the 27-year-old's pain tolerance (hamate bone, knee).