Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Though the Red Sox left Fenway Park victorious on Saturday, Dustin Pedroia‘s 30th birthday ended with a swift kick to the shin. Pedroia fouled off an Adam Warren pitch just above his left foot in the eighth inning of Boston’s 6-1 win over the Yankees — the same foot he broke in similar fashion back in 2010. He remained in the game to complete the at-bat, striking out swinging, before being replaced at second base by Brock Holt the following inning. It was a scary moment for Sox fans and teammates alike, as Pedroia remained down for several seconds and was examined by the coaching staff before returning to the batter’s box. After undergoing preliminary tests, though, manager John Farrell does not believe the injury will have any lasting effects. “He’s sore,” Farrell said after the game. “The foul ball got him just above the ankle, on the shin. We’ll check him in the morning, but at this point we don’t anticipate [him] missing any time. “He had a fluoroscan done here at the ballpark, which was negative. So, right now everything points to it being a negative situation. If he comes in tomorrow with any soreness, we’ll take every precaution needed.” Pedroia struggled at the plate on his birthday — at 0-for-5, he was the only Red Sox batter not to reach base — but he was flawless in the field. Boston starter John Lackey induced a season-high 15 ground-ball outs in the win — his first in over a month — and Pedroia handled all seven that came his way, including a sliding stop in the hole to rob Alex Rodriguez of a base hit in the sixth. While most of Pedroia’s teammates agreed with Farrell’s assessment of the injury (“I think he’ll be fine,” Stephen Drew said after the game), even the chance of losing one of the team’s most consistent players, especially in the heat of a playoff race, is cause for concern. “At this point, we can’t lose anybody,” Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Pedey, David [Ortiz], a bullpen guy; we can’t lose anybody. So it scares you. Obviously, that’s the foot he broke before, so you don’t want him to reinjure it. Thankfully it was up higher, so it didn’t get right there on the foot. But I think regardless, if he broke it or not, he’d be out there playing, especially in this situation.” Pedroia has been a workhorse for the Red Sox this season, playing in a team-high 124 of Boston’s first 125 games. He has not missed a game in over two months, last sitting out on June 16. Even a body as durable as Pedroia’s begins to show some wear after that kind of daily stress. Though every game is crucial as the regular season winds down, a banged-up Pedroia could cripple the Sox’ chances in October. If he shows any lingering symptoms come Sunday, giving him a night off might now be a bad idea. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Top Stories, Zack Cox
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Report: Duncan suing financial adviser, lost $20 million

Bret Bielema wanted Dolphins to draft Russell Wilson early


Nick Diaz apologizes to fans for skipping open workout

NFLPA President compares Goodell to a 2-year-old

NFL explains how Super Bowl balls will be prepped

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott gets new national title tattoo

WATCH: Rondo takes brutal knee to face from teammate

Pig auctioned off at halftime of college basketball game

Should the Super Bowl be played on a Saturday?

Underwear company shows support for Marshawn Lynch

WATCH: WVU player flips opponent the double-bird

Five NFL players who could be cap casualties in 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls being deflated

WATCH: Bruce Pearl gets warm reception in Tennessee return

WATCH: Serena Williams loses point for yelling "come on!"

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.