Pedroia tries to fight the boredom
|06.30.10 at 4:55 pm ET|
It has been less than a week, and just three games, since Dustin Pedroia ripped a foul ball off the instep of his left foot, resulting in a bone break that will keep him sidelined for the next several weeks. But the second baseman could not help it. Already, he is stir crazy.
“Hanging out. That’s all I do,” said Pedroia, half-jokingly. “It’s miserable.”
And so, at about 3:25 p.m., Pedroia headed onto the diamond at Fenway Park on crutches. He threw them aside close to his position at second base and, in deference to the fact that he is not allowed to do any weight-bearing activity, got on his knees on the infield grass just inside the dirt. He briefly played catch and then took a few grounders.
“I was just out there for five minutes. I’m pretty bored. Not really a lot for me to do right now,’ said Pedroia. ‘I’ve got to keep my arm in shape. Just throwing on my knees, taking some groundballs. It’s not bad [doing that from the knees]. We do it in spring training.”
That Pedroia was already trying to pursue baseball activities served as a reminder. It might be a bit of an exaggeration to say that he will have to be chained to stick to doctor’s orders in his recovery from the navicular fracture, but it’s not far from the truth, either.
“He’s a maniac,” said manager Terry Francona. “He knows he can’t put any weight on that foot. He knows it’ll slow him down if he does. He’ll abide by the rules, but he’ll bend them as much as he can.
“Everyone who’s been around him for two seconds knows that he’ll do everything in his power to be ready to go when the bell rings, whenever that is. … That’s part of what makes him so special. He’s unique.”
Pedroia confirmed that he is trying to cut down the time that it will take him to return by doing as much as he can, even though right now, he read, that doesn’t leave much activity for him to pursue. Even so, he has made it a goal to beat the standard six-week timeframe to return.
Thus far, he suggests, despite the boredom, he is willing to accept the hand that has been dealt to him. But, he acknowledges, that could change, depending on his team’s fortunes.
“Hopefully I heal fast,” he said. “If we keep winning, I’ll be fine. If we start losing, I might panic, start walking. But I’ll be alright.”
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