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Pedroia is Jolted by News

Boston Red SoxFrom Peter Abraham, Boston Globe:

Dustin Pedroia, much to his dismay, is human.

Dr. Lewis Yocum examined the injured Red Sox second baseman yesterday and informed him that the broken medial navicular bone in his left foot will need at least six weeks to heal, not the five weeks Pedroia was hoping for.

“He kind of scared me a little bit,’’ Pedroia said last night before the Sox played the Angels. “There’s nothing really that I can do. Just time’s got to heal me. He kind of told me I can’t play unless I feel no pain, which isn’t good.

“I didn’t realize how serious it was and how long it’s going to take.’’

Today marks 33 days since Pedroia was injured, well short of six weeks. He is scheduled for a CT scan in Boston Friday, which should give doctors a better idea of how well the bone has healed. Until then, Pedroia will be shut down from throwing, taking grounders or batting practice to give his foot some rest.

“I think the message has been pretty consistent,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “I think today maybe Pedey heard it a little bit better.’’

Pedroia is hopeful the CT scan will bring good news. But the idea that he could return on the next homestand is not realistic.

“Mentally I’m thinking I’m going to,’’ he said. “But who the hell knows?’’

Pedroia said his foot “felt weird’’ Monday when he tried jogging for the first time.

“Any time my foot pounds on that ground, it didn’t really feel good,’’ Pedroia said. “[Yocum] said you have to be smart, man. It can definitely hurt you in the long run.’’

Pedroia had been under the impression he could play through some pain. But Yocum said that wasn’t an option. If Pedroia fractures that bone again, he would be looking at surgery that could keep him out for parts of next season.

“You really can’t do that with this injury,’’ he said. “That’s hard to deal with. That bone can break off and they’d have to put pins in it. That would be a disaster.’’

Pedroia was distraught at first but eventually came around to the idea that it wasn’t bad news.

“Everything looks great. I’m ahead of schedule,’’ he said. “It’s just my schedule and their schedule were a little different. That was the only thing. I’m good.’’

Ellsbury moving ahead
Jacoby Ellsbury took another step forward in his return when he played six innings in center field for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox against the Rays at Fort Myers, Fla.

Ellsbury walked in the first inning, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error. He then scored on a sacrifice fly. He later grounded into a double play and had a single to right field.

Through two games, Ellsbury is 2 for 5.

Ellsbury will work out today but not play. He is scheduled to play nine innings in the outfield for the GCL team tomorrow against the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla.

“It’s fluid because it depends how he feels,’’ Francona said. “We’ll see, one or two [more] games, and then we’ll get him to Triple A.’’

The Red Sox want Ellsbury to be ready to play consistently once he reports to Pawtucket. He has missed all but nine games this season because of fractured ribs.

Feat of Clay
Clay Buchholz was understandably rusty in his first start off the disabled list last week. He allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in four innings against Oakland.
But the pitcher who made the All-Star team returned Monday night. After allowing a home run by Bobby Abreu in the first inning, Buchholz threw six shutout innings and scattered four hits against the Angels. He struck out seven and had one walk in a 6-3 Boston win.

The turning point was the second inning when Buchholz (11-6) loaded the bases before getting three straight outs.

“I got the feel for a couple of pitches and everything came back,’’ he said. “It felt good. If I missed, it was down. If it was over the middle, it was down.’’

Double time
David Ortiz’s two home runs Monday night marked his 35th multi home run game with the Sox. That matched him with Jim Rice for second place in club history. Ted Williams is the leader, having accomplished the feat 37 times.

“Two big names,’’ Ortiz said. “I’m proud of that.’’

The two homers also gave Ortiz 21, marking the eighth straight season he has hit 20 as a member of the Sox. He joined Williams (16), Dwight Evans (11), Rice (11), Manny Ramirez (8), and Carl Yastrzemski (8) as the only Red Sox players to accomplish that.

Ortiz went into last night’s game with 338 home runs, tied with Don Baylor for 88th place all-time.

Sleep walkers
The Red Sox play the Angels at 12:35 p.m. local time today. That doesn’t bode well for a victory.

The Sox are 9-17 in day games, the third-worst record in the American League. They are averaging four runs a game and hitting .252 in day games, well below the 5.6 runs and .276 they average at night.

The pitching is worse, too. The Sox have a 4.81 ERA in day games, 4.04 at night.

Sufferin’ succotash
Tim Wakefield drove over to Burbank before the game to sign 500 limited-edition lithographs featuring him and the Looney Tunes cartoon characters.

The “Knuckled Under By Wakefield’’ series will benefit the Pitching in for Kids charity.

Wakefield joins a select group of athletes who have participated in similar projects with Warner Bros., including Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky, Derek Jeter, and Drew Brees.

“It’s an honor,’’ Wakefield said. “It was cool to go over there and do that.’’

For more information, check out knuckledunderbywakefield.org.

Lowell on fire
Mike Lowell blasted three home runs and drove in five for Pawtucket at Toledo. He hit a two-run shot in the first, a solo blast in the third, and added another two-run bomb in the eighth. It was Lowell’s fourth rehab game as he comes back from a sore right hip. Lowell could be activated as early as Friday . . . Mike Cameron did not play in the ninth inning Monday because of soreness related to the muscle strain in his lower abdomen. But he was back in the lineup last night. Francona plans to give Cameron and Jed Lowrie today off . . . Kevin Walker, the pitching coach at Single A Greenville, will represent the Red Sox as the pitching coach of the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League . . . The Cape Cod League All-Star Game will be at Fenway Park at 7:05 tonight. Tickets are $10.

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