After scan, Pedroia is ready to reboot
As Dustin Pedroia walked around the clubhouse yesterday, still hobbling slightly in his boot, there was a noticeable difference. That was also the case as the Red Sox second baseman played catch with third base coach Tim Bogar, and as he took batting practice. The crutches were gone.
After receiving good results from yesterday’s CT scan, Pedroia was given the green light to put weight on his broken left foot. He was able to start baseball activities, though he will continue to wear the boot. He will be re-evaluated in 10 to 14 days, meaning a return on the upcoming West Coast trip is unlikely.
“The scan showed on Pedey a lot of healing, which was really good news,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “He’s allowed to start weight bearing. He can do a lot, though, with the boot, but he’s got to keep the boot on. He can hit, he can do anything he can do. That thing’s a little burdensome, which I’m sure that’s why he has it on. But there’s a lot of healing, so that’s good.’’
The significant concern is trying to keep the second baseman from overexerting himself. Even Pedroia is struggling with pain tolerance, especially determining the difference between what he can play with and what is too much.
“That’s the part I’m having trouble with,’’ he said. “I asked [the doctor] that. He said it’s like a sharp pain. I said, well, is achy a problem? I don’t know. This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve played with some pain before. But I don’t know.’’
The Sox have emphasized that Pedroia can’t take on too much too fast, because he could do more damage if he’s not careful.
“That’s what Tito told me,’’ he said. “He called me an idiot. He said if I come back in a week and a half and then I get hurt and I’m out for the rest of the year, what good are you going to do us then? First good point he’s made since I’ve known him.’’
As Francona said, “We’ve got a guy that’s doing everything in his power to play. What I’m kind of worried is he’ll try to do too much. Listening to the doctors, they’re relying on him a little bit, which scares everybody. If it’s sore, he’s got to back off, and getting an honest answer out of him is tough . . . All the good qualities that we love in him, we don’t want him to hurt himself.’’
Pedroia spent part of the afternoon being fitted for a special shoe by New Balance that will help protect his foot when he returns. He also made an addition to his boot, a black sock with skulls on it that was sent to him by a fan.
“I’m happy with the fact that it’s healing,’’ Pedroia said. “I didn’t think it would take this long. I know they told me six weeks and I thought I could come back sooner than that. I guess I have to be smart because if I come back too early and that bone breaks off, I’m out for the rest of the year. Just got to be smart and let it heal.’’
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