After fouling a ball of his left foot in Friday nights loss in San Francisco, Dustin Pedroia underwent a CT scan and X-rays on Saturday, and the results are not good: he was diagnosed with a "non-displaced fracture of the navicular mid-foot bone." Pedroia was promptly placed on the 15-day disabled list, and Angel Sanchez was called up from Pawtucket.
It is still not yet known how long the broken foot will keep Pedroia out of the lineup, and that likely won't be determined until the second baseman is further examined in Boston on Monday by Dr. George Theodore, an orthopaedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. The option of surgery has not been ruled out.
"One thing is they said if I have to they'd put a pin in there, it actually would speed up my recovery," Pedroia said.
Pedroia, who is on crutches with his foot wrapped, told reporters he was disappointed.
"Yeah, I'm upset. This is pretty tough. But I'll try to get back in there and heal as fast as possible," he said.
Pedroia added that no one has given him a timetable for a return yet: "I could feel fine in two weeks and then play. Or I can't walk until six weeks. We don't know."
Gordon Edes reports that "studies have indicated that in 86 percent of cases, it takes six weeks to heal in a nonweight-bearing molded cast."
For now, Bill Hall will take over at second base for the Red Sox. But really, there's no replacing Pedroia, who's hitting .292 with an 128 OPS+ this season, including a .374 average with four home runs and a 1.075 OPS in the month of June.