Surgery possible for Pedroia's ailing foot
Boston's second baseman back wearing protective boot
BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will find out in roughly one week if he will need to have surgery on his ailing left foot, which would end any chance of him playing again in 2010.
Before leaving for a crucial three-game series at Tropicana field against the Rays, which starts Friday night, the club released the following update on Pedroia through publicist Pam Ganley.
"Pedroia will wear a boot on his left foot for about seven days. After that, they'll decide to either continue the non-operative course or opt for surgery that would require the insertion of a screw that will promote healing."
The update came after scans of Pedroia's foot were sent to two foot specialists who don't work for the Red Sox -- Dr. Jonathan Deland and Dr. Robert Anderson.
If Pedroia does not need surgery, there is still no timetable on when or if he could play again in 2010. It all depends on the time his foot takes to heal.
Pedroia fractured the navicular bone in his left foot on June 25 in San Francisco and he missed the next 44 games.
Boston got its sparkplug back on Aug. 17, but just for two games.
Originally in the lineup for the Aug. 19 game against the Angels, Pedroia had to be scratched about 90 minutes before game-time because he felt too much pain while running. The next day, he was placed back on the disabled list and there's a chance that is where he will stay until next season.
Pedroia had worn the protective boot on his foot for roughly a month after his initial injury, but he was given clearance to take it off while the Red Sox were in Anaheim in late July.
The fact that he has been instructed to put it back on for at least the next week isn't a great sign.
It was frustrating for Pedroia to have to go back on the disabled list so soon after returning. He has done everything to get as many answers as he can on his injury, even talking to basketball legend Michael Jordan, who broke the navicular bone in his foot in his second season of a brilliant career with the Chicago Bulls.
The Red Sox have been hit with a surreal amount of major injuries to key players this year.
Kevin Youkilis, the team's invaluable first baseman, is out for the rest of the regular season after tearing the adductor muscle on his right thumb on Aug. 2. Speedster Jacoby Ellsbury has been placed on the disabled list three times this season with fractures in his left rib and is unlikely to play again in 2010. Outfielder Mike Cameron, who is having surgery Friday to repair a lower abdominal tear, is also finished for the year. Catcher Jason Varitek hasn't played since June 30 because of a fractured right foot.
Josh Beckett, Victor Martinez, Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka are just some of the team's other cornerstone players who have spent time on the disabled list this season.
The Red Sox have 34 games left in the regular season and trail the Yankees and Rays by 5 1/2 games in the American League East and the AL Wild Card standings.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.