Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is heading to the disabled list because of a bad thumb and that's going to cause a big hole in the infield for the International League at next week's Triple-A All-Star Game here.
The Boston Globe is reporting the Red Sox are calling up Pawtucket infield star Pedro Ciriaco (left) for tonight's series opener against the Yankees and he may even be thrust into the starting lineup. Ciriaco is batting .301 for the PawSox and was scheduled to start at second base for the IL here Wednesday night. He has split time this year between second and short.
Ciriaco hit .419 for the Red Sox in spring training and has kept hitting all year in Triple-A. He has absolutely killed the Bisons, posting a .448 average (13 for 29) and scoring eight runs in six games. He went 4 for 5 against Buffalo on Opening Day in McCoy Stadium and was 9 for 20 with seven runs in Pawtucket's four-game sweep of the Herd here last month.
The IL has not named a replacement for Ciriaco on the roster.