Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is still out of the lineup with a right thumb injury, but is not on the disabled list despite the team playing short on Wednesday night.

Pedroia said after Tuesday’s win that an MRI revealed he had a slightly torn muscle in the thumb. He hoped rest would get him back quickly and he’d avoid the DL.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called his injury “day-to-day,” but also said Pedroia was told not to swing a bat until the swelling subsided.

Valentine called the injury “the same” and Pedroia could play defense if the team needed him in an emergency.

With first baseman Adrian Gonzalez starting in right Wednesday against Detroit and David Ortiz, who plays some first when not the DH, the club has no other regular infielders on the 25-man roster.

Oswalt set to pitch in minors

Roy Oswalt expects to be ready to join the Texas Rangers after four minor-league starts.

Oswalt, who has agreed to a minor-league deal with the AL West-leading Rangers, is scheduled to make his first start for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

During a conference call Wednesday, Oswalt said he has been throwing bullpen sessions every other day for the past six weeks. He said he wanted to make sure he had plenty of throwing in before stepping on the field.

Oswalt is scheduled to be in Arlington today for his physical. Assuming all goes well, he will then go to Round Rock.

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux expects Oswalt to pitch two or three innings Saturday night.

Freeman returns with Oakleys

Freddie Freeman is back in the Braves’ starting lineup, wearing sports glasses he hopes will be a cure for his vision problems. Freeman says he was the first player in the clubhouse on Wednesday and immediately tore into a package waiting at his locker. He pulled out his Oakley sports glasses and took off for the batting cage, still wearing his shorts and polo shirt.

Tigers put Fister on DL

The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list and are planning to promote lefty Casey Crosby from Triple-A Toledo. The 23-year old Crosby is scheduled to make his major-league debut at home against on Friday against the Yankees. He’s 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA for Toledo.

Rockies release Moyer

Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, the move being made about six weeks after he became the oldest starting pitcher to win a game in major-league history.

The 49-year-old Moyer said he still had hopes of continuing his career elsewhere but his immediate plan was to return home and attend a son’s high school graduation. Moyer was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA.

Mets down another shortstop

Ronny Cedeno was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf, leaving the New York Mets minus yet another shortstop. They recalled infielder Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A Buffalo.