Tests show fractured bone in Pedroia's foot

June, 26, 2010
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Additional tests taken on Dustin Pedroia showed that the Red Sox second baseman has a nondisplaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, manager Terry Francona said Saturday.

The Sox placed Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Angel Sanchez from Pawtucket. Sanchez arrived Saturday morning; Bill Hall was scheduled to play second base for the Sox in Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants and is expected to assume the bulk of playing time in Pedroia’s absence, barring a trade.

The Sox made no estimates of how long Pedroia will be out, but studies have indicated that in 86 percent of cases, it takes six weeks to heal in a nonweight-bearing molded cast.

Philadelphia Flyers hockey player Jeff Carter sustained a similar injury this spring and missed nearly two months.

Pedroia said there has been some conversation about placing a pin in the foot to assist healing, but any decision will await an examination by the Sox medical staff when the team returns to Boston Monday.

The navicular bone is a bone at the top of the midfoot. On Friday night, Pedroia fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning, remained in the game for one pitch -- he drew a walk from Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez -- but was removed when he could only hobble down to first base.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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