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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
There's no keeping Pedroia down

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON –- There’s no way Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be able to keep Dustin Pedroia under control for the foreseeable future.

It didn’t take long for the Red Sox second baseman to become completely fed up and bored with being on the disabled list with a fracture left foot. And it’s been only three days since he suffered the injury in San Francisco.

Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia taking grounders at Fenway Park.

Pedroia spent Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park taking ground balls from his knees.

“I failed miserably,” Francona said. “He’s a maniac. He knows he can’t put any weight on that foot and he knows he’s going to slow himself down if he does, so he’ll abide by the rules, but he’ll bend them as much as he can.”

“He’s going to do everything in his power to be ready to go when the bell rings, whenever that is,” Francona said. “That’s what makes him so special. He’s unique.”

Pedroia, sporting a walking cast and crutches, asked teammate John Lackey for help up the dugout steps.

“What are you doing?” asked Lackey.

“Going to take ground balls. I’m polishing the machine,” responded the All-Star second baseman.

“You’re crazy,” said Lackey.

With that Pedroia made his way out to the grass at second baseman, tossed his crutches to the ground, grabbed his glove and yelled to third base coach Tim Bogar to grab a fungo bat. Pedroia dropped to his knees and took five minutes of grounders, simulating a drill infielders usually do during spring training.

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