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Pedroia expected to have surgery

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 2, 2010 12:12 PM

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to have surgery to insert a screw in his left foot sometime tomorrow at Massachusetts General Hospital according to a major league source.

Pedroia was examined last night by Massachusetts General Hospital foot specialist Dr. George Theodore in Baltimore. Theodore, along with Sox team physician Dr. Thomas Gill, has cared for Pedroia throughout the foot injury.

Pedroia seemed upset the news of the surgery was out, even though the possibility of surgery has been in the news for a couple of weeks.

"I woke up today and heard our team sources say I need surgery so, so I guess I'm going to have it. I don't know what the (bleep) is going on to be honest with you," Pedroia said.

Pedroia, at first, only acknowledged that he was having a CT scan to measure how much healing had taken place.

"I'll have a CT scan," he said.

And then responded to whether he'll have surgery, "Maybe, I could. If my CT-scan doesn't show any healing I'll need to have surgery. If it shows (no healing) then I'll have it (surgery) tomorrow. I don't know what's going on.

Clearly, Pedroia knew what was going on.

"Yeah, I feel good," he said when asked how the foot feels..

Pedroia finally came around to acknowledging that even if the CT scan shows healing the screw would be the best course.

"Yeah, that would make it heal more," he said. "They said there was still a 50 percent chance that it could feel better, and then have what happened the last time and play two games and not be able to walk the next day. So putting the screw in would help it heal. There's a good chance I'll have the surgery at some point."

Asked how he felt about the exam with Dr. Theodore last night he said, "It was just a 10-minute thing, talking to the doctor. It wasn't really anything new. Pushed on that area and see how it felt. It wasn't really kind of like a big deal."

Pedroia added, "I think putting the screw in is probably the best idea. I think it's a 90 percent chance that the bone heals. I don't want to get to January and get into my workouts and don't feel good and then miss some of next year. None of us want that to happen so I think putting the screw in is the best idea. I'll find out tomorrow. I have a CT scan early tomorrow, if I have to have surgery we'll do it later in the day."

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