Specialist gives Pedroia a wake-up call

Specialist gives Pedroia a wake-up call

ANAHEIM -- Dustin Pedroia's Tuesday visit to the office of renowned orthopedist Lewis Yocum was a bit sobering. Any designs that Pedroia had of rushing himself back to the active roster before he was ready were put to rest when Yocum made clear the drawbacks of such impulsive thinking.

"He just made it sound today like it was a serious thing," said Pedroia. "I thought I could play -- that if I feel hurt, you can just play through it. You really can't do that with this injury. That's hard to deal with. That bone will break off, then they would have to put pins in it. It would be a disaster. It could go into the offseason and then maybe next year."

Pedroia suffered a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot on June 25. That injury generally takes at least six weeks to heal. Friday will mark the five-week anniversary of the injury. Originally, Pedroia was hoping he could beat the timetable. Now he knows that is unlikely to be the case.

"Where I broke it, I didn't realize how serious it was and how long it was going to take. He told me that today," Pedroia said.

A big indicator, however, will come on Friday, when Pedroia gets a CT scan back in Boston.

"It kind of scared me a little bit," Pedroia said of his visit with Yocum. "There's nothing really I can do. It's just time it's got to heal. He kind of told me I can't play unless I feel no pain, which isn't good. He did say that when I do my next CT scan, we'll be able to tell a lot more. Hopefully that's good."

Pedroia tested his foot by doing some light running on Monday. Much like his visit with Yocum, that also didn't go quite as he expected.

"It just felt weird," Pedroia said. "The area where I broke it, any time my foot pounds on the ground, it didn't really feel good. He just said, 'You have to be smart, man.' It can definitely hurt you in the long run. I want to get back more than anyone in the world and play, but I don't want to do anything stupid where I can never play again. I've got to lay out rockets, man."

The Red Sox, too, look forward to the day Pedroia starts hitting nightly rockets from the batters' box. But for the next three days, Pedroia will reduce his physical activity and give his foot some down-time. And once he gets the CT scan, he will go from there.

"Today, tomorrow and the off-day, just let him have a little bit of a break," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "Not that he's not going to do anything, but just try to keep off of that like he probably should be and then he'll get the scan and then we'll see how much healing has taken place. I think the message has been pretty consistent. I think today maybe Pedey heard it a little bit better. Again, guys try -- he's trying so hard. We don't want him to hurt himself."