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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Dustin Pedroia: Surgery could be Friday

By Gordon Edes
ESPNBoston.com

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BALTIMORE -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia acknowledged that he may have surgery as early as Friday to place a screw in his fractured left foot, depending on the results of the CT scan he will undergo that morning.

"Putting in a screw is probably the best idea,'' Pedroia said, "because there is a 90 percent chance that bone heals. I don't want to get to January, go through my workouts and don't feel good and miss some of next year. None of us want that to happen. I think putting in the screw is probably the best idea.''

Pedroia said without the screw, there would be a 50 percent chance of healing. "But it could still be what happened last time, play two games and not be able to walk the next day. So there's a good chance I'll have the surgery at some point.''

Red Sox foot specialist George Theodore, who examined Pedroia in Baltimore on Wednesday, would perform the surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Pedroia suffered the injury on June 25, when he fouled a ball off his foot in San Francisco. He returned to the lineup on Aug. 17 but played only two games before going back on the disabled list with pain in the foot.

Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.