Dustin Pedroia dealt with a nagging thumb injury for pretty much all of last season, but it doesn't appear that it's going to be an issue in the upcoming season. Pedroia had surgery on the thumb in mid-November, where it was determined that the surgery was less invasive than originally feared. Now, Pedroia's thumb is on the mend, and already feeling better than it did last season. “I feel great," Pedroia said on WEEI. "I’ve been probably doing a little bit more than I’€™m supposed to do, but I feel great, man. I haven’€™t had a setback one time. Gripping stuff is not a problem, swinging a bat is not a problem, catching a ball is not a problem. So I’€™m excited, man, this is good.”