One More Pedey Update
Before the game starts today, Saturday at 1:07pm ECT, I wanted to share with you the plans for Dustin "Pedey" Pedroia. This is from the Boston Globe, just a few hours ago...
TORONTO — "As is his custom, Dustin Pedroia was the first player to arrive at Rogers Centre for last night’s game against the Blue Jays, and the first to emerge from the visitors’ dugout to do some light jogging on the spongy artificial turf. Pedroia watched the Red Sox’ rain-delayed 8-3 victory at Yankee Stadium Thursday night from home after having his right knee scoped in Boston by Thomas Gill, the team’s medical director. Showing no effect from that procedure, Pedroia returned to the lineup and sparked the Red Sox to their seventh consecutive win, 5-1, by going 3 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run.
“I felt all right,’’ he said. “Felt good to be out there. Tomorrow’s going to be the day where guys could be dragging, so we’re going to have to find a way to play with some energy tomorrow.’’
Pedroia appeared to injure his knee May 14 at Detroit in a failed attempt to score from second base on a David Ortiz single. He aggravated it two days later in a home game against the Orioles, landing on his knee while making an off-balance throw.
Pedroia underwent an MRI during Monday’s offday, which revealed some cartilage damage. Facing the prospect of playing six games on artificial turf, in Toronto and then at Tampa Bay next week, Pedroia got some peace of mind when the scope revealed a bruised kneecap.
“There was kind of two different opinions,’’ Pedroia said before the game. “So we wanted to make sure that before I played on turf, everything was cool and nothing would happen. One doctor said there could’ve been a cartilage thing, but we kind of ruled that out."
Asked if his knee would require offseason surgery, Pedroia replied, “No, I don’t think so. We really didn’t discuss that. The biggest thing was to make sure that I’m OK right now and Dr. Gill said I am, so I play.’’
Put him in, Tito, he's ready to play, according to the John Sebastion song CENTERFIELD. I just hope he doesn't try to do too much too soon or the end result might not be a happy one. C'mon Pedey! Good luck. My fingers are crossed. It's 11:45am EDT so the game is not too far away. Here are the lineups...
RED SOX (37-26)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (3-5, 7.60).
BLUE JAYS (32-31)
Pitching: RHP Brandon Morrow (2-3, 4.50)
Game time: 1:07 p.m.