The All-Star second baseman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a broken left foot and it's unclear how long he might be sidelined or whether he could need surgery. He said inserting a pin into the foot is an option to help him heal more quickly, but Pedroia will know more after he is examined by team doctors back home on Monday.Oh well, sucks for Boston.
"There's nothing we can do. The level of my disappointment is not going to make him heal quicker," Francona said. "He came in here today and asked who was going to play second. I've never seen a kid care as much about a team. He's as legit a player and a person as they come."
The injury is a major blow to the Red Sox, who began the day three games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. Pedroia joins Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell and Jeremy Hermida on Boston's disabled list.
Pedroia was on crutches Saturday and wearing a walking boot. Francona knew the injury could be more serious just because Pedroia was unable to put pressure on the foot late Friday. The manager said the Red Sox sent scans of his foot to their team doctors, and the two-time All-Star will be examined by orthopedist Dr. George Theodore on Monday.
"I don't know that we have a parameter yet," Francona said, acknowledging surgery could be necessary. "When we know the severity of it, then we'll have some parameters. I think anybody that's been around Dustin would bet on him being quicker than anybody humanly possible healing. But they don't know the extent of it yet."