Pedroia's sore left foot shows improvement

Pedroia's sore left foot shows improvement

BALTIMORE -- Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and catcher Jason Varitek were examined at Camden Yards by a team physician before Wednesday's 9-6 victory vs. the Orioles, and both will undergo bone scans on their injured feet on Friday in Boston, manager Terry Francona said.

"[Pedroia's sore left foot is] much improved from last week when he looked at it," Francona said when asked about Dr. George Theodore's exam. "[There's] a lot less pain on the range of motion and resistance, which is really encouraging. ... It's really encouraging to see the amount of healing that's taken place in a week."

Pedroia, who didn't speak with reporters, went on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 20, retroactive to Aug. 19, because of the problem in his previously fractured left foot, an injury that landed him on the DL from June 26-Aug. 17.

Francona didn't have an in-depth report on the results of the exam of Varitek's fractured right foot, which sent him to the 15-day disabled list July 2, retroactive to the previous day.

Pete Kerzel is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.