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28-July-2010Posted by on
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.
27-July-2010Posted by on
Mike Lowell is doing his part in trying to prove he could be a useful piece to another club, collecting four hits in a game Saturday night and batting .357 (5 for 14) overall in the first three games of his rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket.
But the two teams that have shown the most interest in Lowell, the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, appear headed in other directions. The Rangers, who had a scout in Pawtucket for Lowell’s first game, are closing in on a deal with the Marlins for right-handed hitting infielder Jorge Cantu, a major league source said Monday, which would eliminate Lowell from Texas’ list. There are other teams — the Rockies and Giants — also bidding for Cantu, the source said, but he asserted that the Marlins are well down the road with Texas, as long as the commissioner’s office signs off on the financials of the deal.
Meanwhile, the Tigers sent two scouts to Pawtucket, including amateur scouting director David Chadd, who used to hold the same position with Boston. But over the weekend, the Tigers lost two key run producers to injuries, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, both players winding up on the DL. The Tigers are actively looking for bats, but one big league source with direct knowledge of the Tigers’ thinking said it’s unlikely Detroit will deal for Lowell.
Gordon Edes is ESPNBoston.com’s Red Sox reporter. He has covered the Red Sox for 12 years and has reported on baseball for 25 years.
26-July-2010Posted by on
Mike Lowell continued to rehab with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, going 0-for-5 as the designated hitter.
On Saturday, Lowell played first base and went 4-for-4 with three doubles.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been speaking with PawSox manager Torey Lovullo and the reports on Lowell have been good.
“Torey said [Lowell] took a bunch of ground balls at third the other night, and actually looked really good,” Francona said Saturday. “He moved around real well and threw real well.”
The Tigers have expressed interest in acquiring Lowell, a source told ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald.