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Pedroia on DL with fractured left foot

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 26, 2010 04:13 PM

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Dustin Pedroia had a CT scan and MRI this morning and doctors discovered a non-displaced fracture of the navicular mid-foot bone in his left foot. He was placed on the disabled list.

Pedroia fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning of Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Doctors are reviewing the tests. Pedroia will be examined in Boston on Monday. According to Terry Francona, the medical people do not yet know the extent of the fracture or how long Pedroia will be out.

"I don't know that we have a parameter yet," Francona said. "When we know the severity of it, then we'll have some parameters. I think anybody that's been around Dustin would bet on him being quicker than anybody humanly possible healing. But they don't know the extent of it yet."

Francona could not rule out the possibility of surgery. Dr. George Theodore, an orthopaedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, will examine Pedroia on Monday.

"One thing is they said if I have to they'd put a pin in there, it actually would speed up my recovery," Pedroia said.

Pedroia, who is on crutches with his foot wrapped, told reporters he was disappointed.

"Yeah, I'm upset. This is pretty tough. But I'll try to get back in there and heal as fast as possible," he said.

Pedroia claimed he wasn't told a timetable of when he could return.

"They don't know. I could feel fine in two weeks and then play. Or I can't walk until six weeks. We don't know," he said. "I don't really know that. In the past I've healed pretty quick. So hopefully I do that this time."

He predicted the Sox would survive his absence, however long that would be.

"We'll be fine. We'll find ways to win," he said. "We've had guys get hurt all year, and we've still been able to win games. I don't see why we still can't do that. Everyone's going to have to step up and find a way to win ballgames. ... Not one guy makes a team. We've got a lot of great players on our team. Hopefully they can weather everything and
wait for everyone to get back healthy and we'll take off."

Pedroia suspected last night that he had a serious injury.

"We took the X-ray and the guy didn't really, he said hey you might want to go get some more tests cause he didn't really know. So that part stunk. But I'm just glad we found
everything," he said. "But it's tough answers. So hopefully it heals quick and I'm back in there."

Francona said Bill Hall would play second base for now, although that is subject to change. Hall is hitting .230 with five homers and 16 RBIs. He has played 29 innings at second base this season, starting two games. For his career, Hall has played 110 games at second.

"We're pretty fortunate we've got Billy Hall," Francona said.

Infielder Angel Sanchez is here and has been activated. Sanchez, 26, has four games of big league experience at second base. He was primarily a shortstop for the PawSox and was hitting .247/.348/.327.

But there will be no replacing Pedroia, who was hitting .292 with 12 homers and 41 RBI and played Gold Glove-caliber defense. His UZR/150 is at 9.2 and his OPS of .872 is third among second basemen in the majors.

"I felt bad for [Pedroia]. He comes in today and he's already wanting to know who's going to play second," Francona said. "I've never seen a kid care more about a team. All the things I've said for the last three years, they all still ring true. This kid is as legit player and a person ad you're ever going to fine. When things so bad, you see people's true colors and his true colors come out today. He's so upset because he knows he helps us win."

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