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Pedroia off crutches, no timetable for return; Varitek further behind

Posted by Robert Mays  July 16, 2010 04:27 PM

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona says that CT scans done earlier today on Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek revealed that the two are at different points in recovering from foot fractures.

Francona said that Pedroia's test showed "a lot of healing," and the second basemen has been allowed to shed his crutches and begin putting weight on the broken left foot. Pedroia is still in a walking boot, and probably will be for the next 1-2 weeks, but he will be able to resume several activities that were hampered by the crutches.

"He can do a lot with the boot, but heís got to put the boot on," Francona said. "He can hit. He can do anything he can do."

According to Francona, Pedroia will be evaluated again in about two weeks, and although Francona said he didn't think it would be "productive" to put an exact timetable on Pedroia's return, he did stress that it was important for Pedroia to understand the limitations of his body.

"What Iím kind of worried about is that heís going to try and do too much," Francona said. "The doctors are actually relying on him a little bit, which scares everybody.

"If itís sore, heís got to back off. Getting an honest answer out of him is tough. Heís in there now getting fitted for a shoe thatís got some padding on it. All the qualities that we love in him, we donít want him to hurt himself."

Francona said that Jason Varitek has not healed as quickly as Pedroia, but that was what the team had expected. According to Francona, Varitek is approximately two weeks behind Pedroia in his recovery.

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