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Pedroia heading for foot surgery

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is bracing for the possibility of having season-ending surgery on his broken left foot.

Pedroia will be examined today.

“I have a CT scan early in the morning,” Pedroia said Thursday before Boston’s game against the Orioles. “If I have to have surgery, we’ll do it later in the day.”

The injury occurred in late June. Pedroia returned for two games in August, then went back on the 15-day disabled list. The 2008 American League MVP and the Red Sox hoped for his return this month, but his recovery hasn’t gone as swiftly as anticipated.

Pedroia is reluctant to write off the 2010 season, but acknowledged surgery is probably the best solution.

“I think that would make it heal more,” he said. “They said there’s like a 50 percent chance that (without surgery) I could feel better and still, like what happened last time: I played two games and (was) not be able to walk the next day.

“Putting the screw in is probably the best idea. It’s a 90 percent chance that I heal, that that bone heals,” he said. “So there’s a good chance I’ll have the surgery at some point.”

Pedroia averaged 150 games over the previous three season. This year, he’s batting .288 with 12 homers and 41 RBI in 75 games.

PROSPECT’S FAMILY SETTLES SUIT

Ford Motor Co. on Thursday settled a Mississippi lawsuit over a 2001 accident in which a New York Mets prospect was killed when his SUV crashed in the Florida Panhandle, a lawyer for the player’s family said.

The settlement came shortly after the jury in Jasper County had awarded $131 million in actual damages to Brian Cole’s family and before it was to consider possible punitive damages, Tab Turner an attorney for the family, told The Associated Press.

Turner, from Little Rock, Ark., said the settlement amount and terms were confidential.

SHORT HOPS

The Atlanta Braves activated Troy Glaus from the 15-day disabled list after the infielder missed 14 games with left knee inflammation. Glaus spent his rehab stint at Triple-A Gwinnett playing exclusively at third base, the position he played most of his first 11 years before the Braves signed him as their first baseman last winter. Glaus hit .333 in 30 at-bats with two homers and eight RBI at Gwinnett. … Florida Marlins catcher John Baker will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair an injury to his throwing elbow that sidelined him for most of this season, meaning he might not play again until 2012. Dr. James Andrews will perform the reconstructive surgery today, the Marlins said. … Marlins reserve infielder Donnie Murphy underwent surgery Thursday to repair a dislocated right wrist. He was injured making a tumbling catch in Wednesday’s win over Washington.

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