Pedroia back to the DL
You wonder how much more the Red Sox can take. Kevin Youkilis is out for the year. Jacoby Ellsbury probably is too. Mike Cameron is out for the year. And now Dustin Pedroia is back on the disabled list with recurring pain in his foot after just two days of action.
Now, the Red Sox will try to stay afloat in the pennant race with their invaluable sparkplug again out for an indefinite period of time.
Will he back once the 15-day DL stint has expired?
“I don’t know, it’s probably not fair to Pedey to say that,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “When it heals, he’ll play. When he does play, we might have to not play him every day. If we can play him without risk to him hurting himself, we would love to do that. But not until [then].”
Pedroia fractured the navicular bone in his left foot on June 25 at San Francisco. He came back on Tuesday night and started two straight days and was originally in Thursday’s lineup. But during batting practice before Thursday’s game, Pedroia wasn’t running well and was scratched.
The hope is that he would feel better when he woke up on Friday. Instead, Pedroia felt worse, and it was decided that a return to the disabled list was the best course of action.
“I’m going back on the DL. I’m not feeling very good,” Pedroia said. “I played those two games and tried to do it and then yesterday I couldn’t do much and then today was a lot worse. They’re backing me off and not letting me do anything.”
Pedroia, however, wanted to emphasize that he hasn’t done further damage to his foot. In fact, a CT-scan taken by Boston’s medical staff on Friday proved that. The foot is simply still healing.
“They did a scan and while it showed really good healing, it also showed that there’s still probably some healing to go,” said Francona. “I think the layman’s version is that they tried to impress upon him a lot that if it hurt, you better tell us, because then you’re going to hurt yourself. He did that, and we give him some credit.”
To replace Pedroia on the roster, the Red Sox selected the contract of Yamaico Navarro from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 22-year-old Navarro hails from the Dominican Republic. He can play second, short and third. Jed Lowrie and Bill Hall are likely to get the majority of starts at second base while Pedroia is out.
Pedroia is confident he won’t be shut down for the season.
“I don’t think so,” Pedroia said. “From what they told me, it’s just not all the way healed so it’s going to hurt so I’m still at risk for other things so that’s why they kind of shut me down. I’ve got to make sure I’m OK. If I hurt myself bad, it could not mess me up for next year, it could mess me up for my career. Hopefully I don’t do that.”