We just spoke to Dustin Pedroia, who basically admitted that surgery seems likely on his broken left foot ó if only to make sure he's OK for spring training.
Pedroia is worried that if his fractured navicular bone hasn't healed yet, then maybe he needs to go ahead and get a screw inserted to make sure it does. Otherwise he runs the risk of showing up in Fort Myers and injuring it again.
"The bad part about surgery is Iíll be on crutches and in a cast. But if that fixes everything, which obviously itís going to, then thatís the best route to go right now," Pedroia said. "What if I wait until the whole offseason, I show up in spring training, I play two games and my footís back to hurting? Thatís why we would put the pin in."
He's scheduled for another CT scan in Boston on Friday. Then a decision will be made. It seems unlikely that enough healing could occur in a week to make surgery unnecessary. But the Sox will give it a shot.
"Itís upsetting. I just want to get to next week and go on from there. I donít know if I have to have the surgery or what. It hasnít been healing that well pretty much the whole time," Pedroia said.
According to Terry Francona, the specialist they consulted with said the Sox handled it correctly when Pedroia was allowed to play. It seems like he aggravated it by playing, which was always a possibility.
"The healing hasnít been good the whole time. It just doesnít heal quick." Pedroia said. "Thatís just the way it goes. I hope it heals more, if it doesnít Iím going to put the pin in.Ē
There seems to be little change of Pedroia playing again this season regardless.
"Weíre not ruling him out. But as always, weíre going to do what we think is right," Francona said. "I think we have to take into consideration what happened last time."
In other injury news:
* Mike Cameron had surgery today. Here's how Francona explained it:
ďBilateral sports hernia repair. And bilateral groin release. They stitched in the mesh and the adductor groin to take the pressure off a little bit. And what they said was that it was very obvious he needed surgery. ... But everything went well. But he needed it. He should have a normal offseason. Iím not talking about October 1, but around Dec. 1, which is when he starts his offseason, it will be pretty normal, which is good.Ē
* Hideki Okajima threw a side session today and it appears he will be activated tomorrow.
* Jason Varitek caught that side session and told the coaches afterward that he felt like he could play tonight. But he still needs to do a rehab, which will be decided on soon.
* Jarrod Saltalamacchia will DH and Eric Patterson will play second for Pawtucket tonight in Rochester. Salty will catch tomorrow and Patterson will DH. You can expect to see them back on the roster on Sept. 1.
* Daisuke Matsuzaka feels fine now and will start against Baltimore on Thursday.