The 33-year-old admitted to spitting up a little bit of blood before being lifted in the ninth inning and had to receive clearance from doctors prior to boarding the plane, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.
Pedroia said the act created some dismay among the clubhouse, adding that certain members of the Red Sox training staff “were kind of freaking out,” per ESPN’s Scott Lauber.
An MRI confirmed Pedroia did not break any ribs, though he is expected to miss at least a couple of games. He described the affected area as “swollen and kind of big and gross.”
Pedroia was drilled by Astros pitcher James Hoyt who also hit right fielder Mookie Betts in the right knee earlier in the inning. A warning was issued by home plate umpire Greg Gibson after Pedroia’s plunking, though the veteran did have some choice words for Hoyt immediately after the fact.