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Friday, July 23, 2010
Pedroia might forego rehab assignment

By Joe McDonald
ESPNBoston.com

SEATTLE -- Red Sox injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia (fractured left foot) believes he won't need a minor league rehab assignment once he's deemed healthy.

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"I don't know. I'll talk to Theo [Epstein] and Tito [Terry Francona], everybody, but it depends how we're doing as a team," Pedroia said. "We're trying to get everybody back as fast as possible and I think the Red Sox need us more than the PawSox do. Hopefully when I'm healed, I'll just go out there and play."

Pedroia, who has been on the DL since June 25 when he fouled a ball off his foot during interleague play in San Francisco, has been taking ground balls and hitting in the cage without the removable walking cast he's required to wear for at least another week.

"It's getting tough because I'm walking better. I feel normal walking. I just can't push it right now until it's really healed. I've just got to listen to what [the doctors] say and hope we win. That's it."

Pedroia is scheduled to be examined when the club gets to Anaheim early next week and he'll have another CT scan next Friday in Boston.

"I'll find out more when I see the doctor in a couple of days," he said. "I think that'll tell me a lot more, and I'm going back to get another CT scan next Friday to see if there's more healing."

Pedroia is getting anxious to return to the lineup.

"The fracture is not going to be healed for six weeks. We're trying to push it as much as possible," Pedroia said. "My biggest thing is, I don't think -- if it's not healed in six weeks -- I don't think it'll be so bad playing at 5½ weeks. What's a couple of days?"

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins and Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.