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Foot fully healed, Pedroia reports early to Sox camp

February 12, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FORT MYERS (AP) - Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reported early to spring training camp Friday and said his broken left foot is fully healed.

Pedroia appeared in only 75 games last year - the fewest he's played since making his big league debut in 2006 - after fouling a ball off his foot July 25 in San Francisco. That was the day after he hit a career-high three home runs in Colorado.

"My foot's repaired," Pedroia said. "There's a screw in there that's holding everything together. So, it's a ton better. I feel great. There's not going to be any setbacks or anything like that."

Pedroia, who expects to be monitored this spring and won't take part in the team's conditioning drills, had to learn to be patient and let his foot heal.

"It's been tough," he said, "but you try and set little goals, stuff like that.

"The other day was my last workout and I was kind of excited. I've put in a lot of hard work and I'm ready for it to show on the field."

The Red Sox open camp Tuesday with the first scheduled workout for pitchers and catchers. The initial full-squad workout is four days later.

Pedroia is uncertain if he will play in fewer games than usual this spring.

"I don't know," he said. "I haven't talked to (manager Terry Francona) about anything like that, but I don't think that's necessary. Whatever they have planned for me, I'm ready to do."

With rain washing out on-field batting practice, Pedroia hit in the cages Friday. He wore a protective covering on his injured foot.

"I don't want to hit another ball off it," he said. "(But) I'm used to it. That was the same thing I wore when I came back and played those two games. It's just protection. It's not like it's a brace or anything."

Pedroia returned to Boston's lineup on Aug. 17. The next day, in the first inning, he stole second base and took third on the accompanying error, aggravating his injured foot. He was placed back on the disabled list and had season-ending surgery Sept. 3.

Pedroia began his rehab work in October and started baseball workouts at the beginning of the year. Other than distance running, his workouts have been normal, he said.

Pedroia was one of 19 Red Sox players who combined for 24 stints on the DL last season, missing a total of 1,018 games. He is looking forward to getting the club back to full strength and working with new teammates such as outfielder Carl Crawford, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and reliever Bobby Jenks.



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