Updated at 5:07 p.m.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia confirmed that he was going back on the disabled list to a tune of 15 days after trying to return from a mid-season foot injury.
“I’m going back on the DL,” Pedroia said. “I’m not feeling very good. I played those last two games, and tried to do it, then yesterday I couldn’t do much and today’s a lot worse, so they’re backing me off and not letting me do anything.”
With Pedroia back on the disabled list, the Sox have selected infielder Yamaico Navarro, 22, to replace Pedroia. Navarro was hitting .283 with three homers and six RBI in Pawtucket in 16 games after hitting .274 with 8 homers and 55 RBI for Portland.
Pedroia was advised by Dr. Thomas Gill after a scan of his left foot that he’d be better off resting it for a couple of weeks rather than trying to play and risk injury. Pedroia went along with it. We’ll have his comments shortly.
Manager Terry Francona said a few moments ago, “Like I said yesterday, he was sore, so we held him out of the lineup. He woke up (this morning) and he was pretty tender. They did a scan and while it showed really good healing it also showed there’s some healing to go. The layman’s version is they tried to impress upon him that if it hurt you’d better tell us because if you don’t you’re going to hurt yourself. He did that, so give him some credit. It’s hard for good players to be honest, but if he hurts it then we’re looking at something we don’t want to be looking at – surgery and things like that.”
A couple of questions posed to Pedroia
Was it your decision or the club’s?
“It’s mostly theirs. I mean, I wouldn’t be too productive if I was out there right now. Today, it’s hurting when I walk and that’s not a good sign. So I guess the best thing to do, like I said, is don’t do anything and let it heal.”
Do you feel like you rushed it a little bit?
“Uh, I don’t know. Maybe. I played two games and I didn’t really feel very well, but that’s part of the process with this kind of injury.”
How frustrated are you?
“I’m upset, man. I feel like I let everybody down. I can’t really do much. I tried, so hopefully it heals up and I’ll get back in there.”
Do you think you will be shut down for the season?
“I hope not. I’ve seen so many doctors, I’m kind of tired of seeing everybody, but I hope not.”
Were you hoping to play through whatever pain you felt?
“Yeah, kind of, but after the second day it was pretty much impossible to keep playing, so I got to let it heal. It’s not fun.”
Was there any additional damage?
“No, from what they told me it’s not all the way healed, so it’s going to hurt and that’s still at risk for other things, so that’s why they shut me down.”
Looking back, was stealing a base a wise thing to do?
“Probably not, but I don’t think that made that much of a difference. Over time, it wasn’t get better if I kept pounding on it, so I got to make sure it’s fine.”
Was it wise to rush yourself back?
“I don’t know. Not now, but I was just trying to get out there to help us win. I got to make sure that I’m okay. If I hurt myself bad, it could mess me up for next year and it could mess me up for my career. Hopefully, I don’t do that.”
Are you down?
“I’m not excited. I want to be out there like everyone. I want to be out there and help us win. I think that was part of my problem, getting out there and hurting myself, I guess.”