Doctor puts brakes on Pedroia

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dustin Pedroia received another pointed reminder that his fractured left foot will heal on its own schedule, regardless of how eager the Boston Red Sox second baseman is to resume playing.

Pedroia was examined Tuesday by Angels orthopedist Lewis Yocum, who advised that Pedroia needs to proceed cautiously. He will undergo another CT scan in Boston on Friday, and Pedroia acknowledged that a realistic time period for healing is six to eight weeks.

"Nobody's come back in six weeks," said Pedroia, who has been out just more than a month (he fractured the bone on June 25) and has widely proclaimed his determination to beat that timetable.

On Tuesday, he was taking a very sober view of his circumstances.

"It takes time, man, that's about it," he said. "Six to eight weeks, just like they said. We'll see. They won't let me play until I don't feel it. That's it. I really don't have a say in it."

Pedroia had earlier expressed confidence that if it was a question of pain tolerance, he'd be back on the field. But he acknowledged that it's not simple.

"There's a tendon that's attached" to the fractured navicular bone, he said. "That's the problem. Every time I walk, it pulls on the tendon. So I have to wait. That's nothing to mess around with, and I don't want to do anything that would hurt me long term, you know what I mean?"

Pedroia has never been idled for such a long period in his life.

"It's not fun," he said. "But it's all right. I'll be better for it."

Pedroia will have been out six weeks when the Sox open a four-game series with the Yankees in New York on Aug. 6. The eight-week point would be Aug. 20.

Gordon Edes is ESPNBoston.com's Red Sox reporter. He has covered the Red Sox for 12 years and has reported on baseball for 25 years. Ask a question for his next mailbag here.