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Pedroia seeks second opinion on foot; talks to Michael Jordan for advice

Aug 25, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

Seeking a second opinion on Dustin Pedroia’s sore left foot, the Red Sox sent scans to Dr. Jonathan Deland and Dr. Robert Anderson, according Quinn Roberts of

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that the team expected feedback either Tuesday or Wednesday, so we should hear an update on his status relatively quickly. This afternoon, Joe McDonald of reported that surgery for Pedroia remains a possibility.

Looking to ease his second baseman’s mind, Francona even dialed up his old pal Michael Jordan, who he managed with the Birmingham Barons in 1994. Jordan also broke the navicular bone in his left foot while playing with the Bulls during the 1985-1986 season.

Francona described the nature of the conversation during an appearance on the Dale & Holley show on WEEI in Boston this morning.

“I don’t call Michael very much just because I know how much people bug
him. But because of Pedey, I knew that Michael would enjoy talking to
him, and he did. He was almost fatherly in his advice. He was like, “I
went through this, it’s tough, you got to listen.” Pedey was all ears
and that was good. When guys like Michael Jordan talk, people are apt to
listen more.”

Speaking of Jordan, I wasn’t able to watch the latest “30 for 30” documentary about his time with the Barons — too busy with baseball coverage both here and on Rotoworld last night — but I’m very interested to do so. 

  1. birdmancometh - Aug 25, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Only caught the first 20 minutes myself, but what I saw was really good. Looking forward to catching the next replay.

  2. ben s - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Same here, birdmancometh, it was great though. It was a lot about how Jordan was playing baseball for his dad, because his dad had wanted him to be a baseball player, and how he was serious about it. Jordan goes out on his front foot a little bit in his swing, but if he could fix that it’s not a bad swing.

  3. kyle s - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    hope he doesn’t take any facial hair advice.

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