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"Obviously, with these things, you don't want to rush it. Whenever they tell me to get out there and play, I'll do it," he said.
The team will take a cautious approach.
"We don't need him on the field the next three or four days," Francona said. "So, we ll get him completely healthy and then we'll get him back on the field."
Pedroia is no longer eligible to play in the WBC.
Francona did not cast blame for Pedroia's injury on the WBC, and said the trainers handled it as they should.
"Could he do that in the (batting) cage here, too? Yeah. So, the way it was handled was pretty good," he said.
Outfielder Jonathan Van Every is still sidelined after spraining his right ankle Thursday in Jupiter against the Cardinals.
"He's pretty sore. He's black and blue and sore," Francona said. "I said the other day it could be a couple days (but) don't know how accurate that is. He's really bruised and he's swollen, and it may be a little bit more than a couple of days."
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