Up to date on Pedroia
CT scan set for Friday to be a key indicator
ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s no secret that Dustin Pedroia would give anything to be on the field when the Red Sox return from the All-Star break Thursday. Instead, he will have his big moment Friday, when he undergoes another CT scan on his broken foot that could allow him to get back to baseball activities in advance of a return. And, as he reminded yesterday, he continues to believe he’ll get back to baseball sooner than most would have predicted.
“They said after that anything that I can handle pain-wise is I’m ready to go,’’ Pedroia said. “I have a good pain tolerance. I think I’ll be in there quicker than most people expect me to be.’’
On Friday, three weeks from when Pedroia injured the foot, doctors will be looking to see whether the bone has healed enough to prevent Pedroia from breaking it further when he puts weight on it. He clearly is looking forward to that day, and to leaving behind the boot and crutches that will prevent him from taking part in tonight’s All-Star Game.
Pedroia said he is hopeful he can be back on the field at some point in the team’s upcoming West Coast trip. The Sox play four games against Texas at home after the break, then head to Oakland, Seattle, and Anaheim. Pedroia believes that’s realistic if the CT scan results are positive, though there is no real timeline for his return.
“As long as the doctors say that my bone’s not going to break off,’’ Pedroia said. “That’s what the fear was the last three weeks, why I couldn’t walk. Where I broke my bone, if a bone breaks off they have to put a pin in it and then I’d miss the rest of the season. So my biggest thing is if I’m fine, if that bone’s strong enough to not break off, I’m going to play.
“We don’t have that many games left now. We’re a little over halfway. I got to get in there.’’
He added, “Friday, if I get out of this boot and crutches and I can walk good, yeah, I’ll be playing on the trip if I can run and do all those things. I mean, as long as our training staff and our medical staff gives me the OK, I’m getting after it.’’
He also said — not surprisingly — that he’s going to try to play as few rehab games as he can, ensuring he can get back on the field for the Red Sox as soon as possible.
“I feel like I can help our team win in a lot of different ways,’’ Pedroia said. “If I’m getting used to live pitching one or two games in the major leagues and I make two defensive plays to help us win one game, good, I’m doing my job. So I don’t really care about rehab games. Hopefully one and then play. See if I can run to first. I don’t really care about anything else.’’
For now, Pedroia is simply resting over the All-Star break. Trainers told him that he could use two or three days away from his rehab, and so he took off for Southern California with the rest of the Sox’ Stars.
Pedroia is relishing this trip, even though he won’t get to take the field, after the disappointment of missing last season’s game. After being selected for his first All-Star experience, Pedroia elected to stay home with wife, Kelli, who was in the final stages of a difficult pregnancy with their son, Dylan.
“That part’s special for me,’’ Pedroia said. “I brought Dylan out here so he could see everything. He’s like the All-Star baby. But he’s great. I wanted him to come. I’ll probably take him on the field. I’ll have [Clay] Buchholz take him on the field ’cause I can’t carry him. But he’ll be out there doing something, eating the grass.’’
If he does not pitch for the Sox, it’s likely Felix Doubront will take his place again. Doubront is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in two starts.
“It’s gotten a whole lot better in the last couple days,’’ said Buchholz, who will play catch here. “Feeling ready to go. Don’t know for sure where I’ll be pitching Friday, but they definitely said I was pitching Friday. Three weeks off, it would sort of be hard to go out there and just throw me right into the fire.
“I feel good, feel strong. I don’t know that it’s going to be that much more when a hitter steps in.
“Might shake the rust off a little bit, and then go from there.’’
“It’s getting a little better,’’ he said. “Swelling’s going down. Still feeling pain, but we’ll see. Just taking it day-by-day.
“As soon as the pain goes down, I’m going to be able to at least put my glove on there and go out there and play. Unfortunately I just can’t put my hand in the glove. That’s the thing. Pain, still.’’
The All-Star added, “It’s disappointing not to play in this game, but it’s a little more when you see your teammates playing pretty hard on the field. You just want to be part of that great run that we put together.’’