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Pedroia Expected To Be OK After Hurting Ankle

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Dustin Pedroia walks off the field with assistant trainer Greg Barajas and manager Terry Francona after an injury in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Monday, May 23, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Dustin Pedroia walks off the field with assistant trainer Greg Barajas and manager Terry Francona after an injury in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Monday, May 23, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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CLEVELAND (AP/CBS) – The Boston Red Sox got encouraging news on second baseman Dustin Pedroia Monday night after the second basement left Boston’s 3-2 loss to the Indians in the eighth inning.

Pedroia jammed his left ankle after he fell over second base while trying to go to third, but is expected to be okay.

“It’s kind of like a stinger,” said Pedroia, who was examined by an Indians team physician. “It took a little while to get the feeling back in my leg. It stinks, man.”

Pedroia was scheduled to have Tuesday night’s game off anyways, and manager Terry Francona will stick with his previous plan.

“He’s OK,” Francona said. “He went past second and slipped on the bag and turned his ankle. He had some numbness going up his leg. Being prudent, we got him out of there. Because of what happened to him in the past, we all probably held our breath a little bit.”

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Pedroia hurt his foot — the one he had surgery on in September — when he fell awkwardly trying to advance on Adrian Gonzalez’s single to right. He scrambled on his belly back to the base safely.

Pedroia laid with his face in the dirt as a team trainer and Francona jogged out to check on the 2008 AL MVP.

Red Sox Nation braced for the worst.

Pedroia had a screw surgically inserted into his foot last year. He fractured it when he fouled a ball off in June and missed nearly two months. He returned for only two games before being placed back on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.

Pedroia is hitting .246 with 11 RBIs in 46 games to start the season.

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