08/24/10 10:10 PM ET
Second opinion sought on Pedroia's foot
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
Pedroia even talked about the injury and rehabbing it with NBA legend Michael Jordan, who also broke the navicular bone in his left foot during the 1985-86 season, missing all but 18 games.
Jordan has remained friends with Francona since their year together in 1994 with the Double-A Birmingham Barons.
"[Pedroia] had an interest in talking to him," Francona said. "Because it is Pedroia, I thought he might get a kick out of it, which I think he did and it was a quick conversation."
Pedroia has continued to have soreness in his left foot since he was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
"There is no reason to push right now, because he is on the disabled list," Francona said. "I think it is just for his peace of mind and everyone's to get more information and move forward."
In two games with the Red Sox before being put back on the DL, Pedroia went 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.
Cameron's season-ending surgery Friday
BOSTON -- In a season of uncertainty, closure came for Mike Cameron on Tuesday.
On the disabled list twice this year with a lower abdominal strain, Cameron will have season-ending surgery Friday, which will be performed by Dr. David Berger.
"I'm a little nervous, obviously, but I'm excited to go ahead and take care of things that will allow me to feel a lot better and be able to move around a lot better and get ready to start looking forward to '11, God willing," Cameron said.
Fighting his way through much of the season, after going on the disabled list April 20 and then again Aug. 2, Cameron's grit is something manager Terry Francona greatly valued.
"I would imagine he was pretty uncomfortable, and we appreciate him trying," said Francona. "He's at a point of his career where he really wanted to, it meant a lot to him to try to be a part of what we were doing. But at the same time, we felt like we got to a certain point that rather than kind of muddle through September -- and he was pretty opinionated [and] in agreement with us -- that it would have been the wrong thing to do to try to continue to do this."
Cameron feels no regrets about trying to play through the injury, or regarding the situation he is now in.
"I've given every ounce of me to this ballclub, to my mind and everybody else, so I have nothing to look back upon in a negative light. Other than that, I wish I could have been at full health to be able to go out and run around like a wild horse," said Cameron.
In 48 games this season, Cameron hit .259 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
"I've been gifted with a great-healing body over the years," said Cameron. "Obviously, Father Time slows that down when you're talking about playing professional sports. But given the time that I'm having the surgery now, I should have an ample amount of time to do everything I need to do [to be ready by Spring Training]."
Okajima's stay with PawSox extended
BOSTON -- Before making his return to the Red Sox's bullpen, reliever Hideki Okajima will have one more outing with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday in Buffalo.
In his second rehab start with Pawtucket on Monday, Okajima began the seventh inning and recorded just one out, while allowing four runs on four hits, including a two-run home run.
"He actually had a tough night," said manager Terry Francona.
Originally scheduled to come back and speak with the team Tuesday morning, Okajima will pitch in Buffalo and then come back Thursday.
Francona is hoping that out of these rehab appearances, Okajima can once again establish his fastball command.
"Because he isn't overpowering, when he doesn't command the fastball, he can run into trouble," Francona said. "So when he feels good about his command, that is when he has success."
The Red Sox placed Okajima on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 6 with a right hamstring strain. In 40 appearances this season, Okajima is 4-3 with a 5.85 ERA. In 2009, Okajima went 6-0 with a 3.39 ERA.
Such struggles for Okajima have affected the bullpen tremendously, especially since the lefty matches up well against both right-handed and left-handed hitters.
"Every time before the series, we look at who matches up with who, and his matchups inevitably are awesome across the board, because he's had so much success in his first couple of years here," Francona said.
The Red Sox activated catcher Kevin Cash from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned catcher Dusty Brown to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Injured backstops Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both participated in drills Tuesday, with Varitek still unable to sprint at full speed.
Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.