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Pedroia surgery was 'encouraging'

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 4, 2010 11:36 AM

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Quiet day at Fenway so far. The Red Sox are taking batting practice inside but the White Sox are on the field. Beautiful day, too.

Terry Francona spoke with Dustin Pedroia after he had his surgery yesterday. Doctors said the surgery was "encouraging" in that there was good healing already on the bone. Pedroia should be ready to start offseason workouts on Dec. 1.

“That was a big reason why they did it yesterday,” Francona said. “Once this thing heals, he’s going to be OK.”

Pedroia was injured on June 25 when he fouled a ball off his foot and did not return until Aug. 17. He played in only two games before feeling too much soreness to continue.

Pedroia later admitted to overextending himself. But Francona could not fault him for that.

"Guys are built to play. The really special ones — and Pedey I certainly would put [in] that category — they find a way, they try. You talk about [not] wearing the [medical] boot or cutting corners. That’s kind of what the good ones do. Pretty special young guy, he gave it a good shot,” the manager said.

In terms of other injury news:

* Jason Varitek hopes to get clearance today to go on a rehab. It's now or never as Pawtucket's season ends on Monday.

* Mike Lowell told WEEI.com that he has a non-displaced rib fracture. It was from a collision on Aug. 20 and he has been playing since, just dealing with the pain. He's in the lineup for Game 1.

* Felix Doubront will play catch today but isn't expected to pitch.

* The only healthy players on the 40-man roster not on the team at this point are Michael Bowden, Josh Reddick and Dusty Brown.

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