Pedroia's foot healing ahead of schedule
Former AL MVP's protective boot removed three months early
It's too late for 2010, sure, but the Red Sox's injury-riddled roster is nonetheless turning in some positive health reports in the early part of this offseason.
On Monday, the agent for outfielder Mike Cameron (abdominal surgery) told ESPNBoston.com his client is slated to begin baseball-related activities after Thanksgiving. And during his radio show on WEEI's "The Big Show," second baseman Dustin Pedroia revealed his protective boot was removed three months earlier than expected.
Pedroia was limited to just 75 games in 2010 because of a broken left foot that stemmed from a foul tip on June 25. He returned from the disabled list to play in two games in mid-August, but underwent surgery soon after.
Now, things are looking better for the 2008 American League Most Valuable Player.
"I'm good, man," Pedroia said from Arizona, where he is working out. "Last week, I got a CT scan on my foot, and it's healing better than scheduled, so they took me out of the boot. I've been out of the boot for about, I don't know, a week now. So I'm progressing, doing a lot more weight-bearing stuff, and I feel great, and I'm right on track to start my offseason workouts and be 100 percent for Spring Training."
Pedroia batted .288 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs in a year that saw five everyday players and three starting pitchers land on the DL for Boston. Pedroia's injury came at a critical time, when the second baseman was getting in a groove and the Red Sox had come off winning nine of seven to creep to two games back in the AL East.
"It's just one swing and it just pretty much ended my season," Pedroia said on WEEI. "It's tough to deal with. You're in the middle of a season, you're in the middle of a fight, and you're chasing the team in front of you, so it's tough to sit down and watch the rest of the season. And it just didn't happen to me, it happened to a ton of our guys at the same time. So I think everyone is really excited to get out there and start playing."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.