Dustin Pedroia's foot back in boot

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had his fractured left foot put back in a protective boot Thursday, where it will stay for seven days. After one week, the medical staff will determine whether he will continue to rehab the injury or if season-ending surgery is necessary.

"It's OK," Pedroia relayed to ESPNBoston.com in a text message Thursday afternoon. "It's just not healing. Nothing I did to hurt it, just a bad spot. I will be fine."

A team source told ESPNBoston.com on Wednesday that surgery was a possibility for Pedroia, though manager Terry Francona indicated a season-ending procedure had not been considered at that time.

The team announced the update on its hobbled star as it prepared to open a critical three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Red Sox had sent scans of Pedroia's foot to specialists to get a second opinion on the injury and the degree of healing that had taken place.

Pedroia originally incurred the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot on June 25 in San Francisco and missed a total of 44 games before being activated on Aug. 17. He played only two games before returning to the disabled list with discomfort. Pedroia had returned to the lineup after the team's medical staff cleared him following a two-game rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Pedroia did not have a CT scan before he was cleared, according to the source. Pedroia also admitted, before he resumed playing, that he didn't expect to be 100 percent for the rest of the season.

Pedroia has previously said he had been warned that he was risking surgery if he came back too soon before the bone was healed.

ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald and Gordon Edes contributed to this report.