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Pedroia on schedule, to his dismay

Not even Dustin Pedroia, it seems, can defeat medical science.

Pedroia broke his left foot on June 25. He was told then it would take 6-8 weeks to heal but he was determined to come back earlier. As you’ve read, he has been throwing, taking grounders and hitting in an attempt to come back sooner.

But when Pedroia tried jogging yesterday, his foot felt tender. A visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum today set him straight — 6-8 weeks is 6-8 weeks. Not 4-5 weeks.

“He kind of scared me a little bit,” Pedroia said. “There’s nothing really that I can do. Just time’s gotta heal me. He kind of told me I can’t play unless I feel no pain, which isn’t good. … I didn’t realize how serious it was and how long it’s going to take.”

Pedroia is scheduled for a CT scan on Friday in Boston which should give him a better idea of how much the bone has healed. Until then, he will be shut down to give his foot a break.

Pedroia is hopeful the CT scan will bring good news. But the idea that he could return on the next homestand is not realistic.

“Mentally I’m thinking I’m going to,” he said. “But who the hell knows?”

Pedroia said his foot “felt weird” when he tried to jog on Monday.

“Any time my foot pounds on that ground, it didn’t really feel good,” Pedroia said. “[Yocum] said you have to be smart, man. It can definitely hurt you in the long run.’

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Pedroia thought he would be able to play through pain. But Yocum told him that wasn’t an option.

“You really can’t do that with this injury,” he said. “That’s hard to deal with. That bone can break off and they’d have to put pins in it. That would be a disaster.”

If Pedroia fractures that bone again, he would be looking at surgery that could keep him out for parts of next season. The bottom line is this: Pedroia is not an alien. He heals like normal folks.

“I’m ahead of schedule,” he said. “It’s just my schedule and their schedule are a little different. That was the only thing. I’m good.”

In other news:

* Jacoby Ellsbury will take tomorrow off then is scheduled to play nine innings in the GCL on Thursday.

* Battlin’ Mike Cameron told the Sox this morning that he could play after experiencing pain last night and leaving the game. He’ll get tomorrow off, as will Jed Lowrie.

* Mike Lowell is playing 3B for Pawtucket tonight in Toledo. He is 2 for 2 with two home runs so far.

Holy Toledo!

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