Turns out, Dustin Pedroia [stats] was playing through a far more serious injury than merely a broken left ring finger.

Pedroia is scheduled for surgery next week on a torn ligament in his right pinky finger, Red Sox [team stats] general manager Ben Cherington confirmed yesterday. Pedroia dealt with the injury through the season's final two months, missing only three games, two of which came after the birth of his second child in mid-September.

"The last two days were impressive," Cherington said. "He had a broken finger on one hand and a finger that needs surgery on the other."

According to Cherington, a pin will be inserted into Pedroia's pinky finger, where it will remain for four weeks to help stabilize the healing process. After that, Pedroia is expected to regain full range of motion.

"It shouldn't affect his spring training at all," Cherington said.

Likewise, the injury barely hampered Pedroia's performance. On the contrary, he was among the majors' hottest hitters after Aug. 1, batting .330 (70-for-212) and slugging .519 with 20 doubles, six homers, 26 RBI and a .392 on-base percentage.

Pedroia isn't expected to need surgery on his fractured left ring finger.

Tough break

As their miserable season ended Wednesday night in New York, most players said they had not been informed of manager Bobby Valentine's fate.