Saturday, September 4, 2010
Francona: Pedroia 'sounded good'
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Saturday morning that second baseman Dustin Pedroia sounded optimistic after undergoing season-ending surgery on his fractured left foot Friday.
"That was good to hear," Francona said. "Would certainly like to hear that rather than them come out and say, 'It's not what we thought it would be' or something like that."
Pedroia had a screw inserted into his left foot to promote healing during the procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"He actually sent me a picture on his phone before he went in for surgery. He took a picture of himself and he called himself a moron, which I agree with," Francona said jokingly. "[His wife] Kelli called me when he got out of a surgery, which I appreciated and then he called me a little bit later. He sounded good."
Pedroia suffered a fracture when he fouled a ball off his left foot on June 25 at San Francisco and missed nearly two months before returning on Aug. 17. He played only two games before being placed back on the DL with soreness.
"Guys are built to play, and the real special ones -- and Pedey is certainly in that category -- they find a way," Francona said. "You talk about cutting corners, that's kind of what the good ones do. He's a pretty special young guy. He gave it a good shot."
The reason Pedroia had the procedure done Friday was to make sure he would be ready to begin his normal offseason workout program on Dec. 1.
"He should have a pretty much normal winter, which is terrific," Francona said. "Once this thing heals he's going to be OK."
Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox and Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.