Pedroia cleared to put pressure on foot

Pedroia cleared to put pressure on foot

BOSTON -- On the disabled list since June 26 with a broken left foot, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was finally cleared to begin weight-bearing drills Friday.

Before Friday's game against the Rangers, Pedroia played catch while standing and putting pressure on his foot.

"I feel good. I am finally off the crutches, which is a good thing," Pedroia said. "The doctor said my bone is healing good and parts are already forming back together. I have to be in a boot for a few more weeks. They told me I can't play until I don't feel anything."

While Pedroia was told by doctors that the break would take six weeks to heal, but he is hoping to be back before that.

"I am happy with the fact that it is healing," Pedroia said. "I didn't think it would take this long. They told me six weeks, and I thought I could be back sooner than that. I guess I have to be smart, because if I come back too early and that bone breaks off, I am out for the rest of the year. I just have to be smart and let it heal."

Pedroia sustained the injury June 25 in San Francisco after fouling a ball off his left foot.

To prevent further injury when he returns, Pedroia will wear a specialty shoe created for him by New Balance, which he was fitted for before Friday's game.

"He can do a lot with the boot, but he's got to keep the boot on," manager Terry Francona said. "He can hit. He can do anything he can do. That thing's a little bit burdensome, which I'm sure is why he has it on. But there's a lot of healing, so that's good.

"He'll be examined again in 10 days to two weeks, and when he's not point-tender, that'll mean he can get that boot off and start getting after it a little bit."

While Pedroia received upbeat news on the status of his injury, Boston catcher Jason Varitek has not healed as quickly, Francona said.

Placed on the disabled list July 2 after a foul tip hit his foot three days earlier against the Rays, Varitek had a scan taken on his foot Friday by Red Sox doctors.

"'Tek is a little bit behind," Francona said. "There's not as much healing with, which I think they expected, and he's probably a couple weeks behind Pedey. That's very broad and things can change, but that's about how it was explained to me."