Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley Show Wednesday. He was first asked if he thought the Sox and Mariners would be able to play Wednesday's scheduled doubleheader with the prospect of continued inclement weather.
"We are getting a better forecast," said Francona. "I know it's ugly out there right now but it sounds like in the couple of hours that most of this stuff will be out of here and we're going to play. As the day progresses, I think we're going to be OK."
Francona was asked about Dustin Pedroia and the perception that he was perhaps brought back too quickly. The All-Star second baseman missed 45 games after breaking his left foot in June. He came back on August 17 and played just two games before returning to the DL with soreness in the same foot.
"I think it was pretty well documented," said Francona of the process that led to Pedroia's return last week. "He saw Dr. [Thomas] Gill, Dr. [George] Theodore, Dr. [Lewis] Yocum, there are a couple of things that we are trying to get done today, just trying to get more information. The best way I can put it is that he passed all the tests and I think everybody felt that he was safe to come back and try to play. Now saying that, they also warned him -- and very aggressively -- that if he felt pain he had to let us know. That's when he could do damage. So when he felt some pain we immediately … we went and got a scan. The scan showed that there was no further damage, so we were very relieved. But since he's sore we put him on the DL."
Francona doesn't think the latest DL stint for Pedroia means that the second baseman's season is finished, but more of an exercise in caution.
"He was a little concerned so it made us concerned.," Francona said. "So we pulled the plug and before we wanted to play him again we wanted to get it looked at then we ended up putting him on the disabled list. That doesn't mean he's not going to come back and play. I actually think he will. I think we'll have to keep an eye on him and do the best that we can."
Francona was able to get Pedroia on the phone with Michael Jordan, who played for Francona during his year in minor league baseball. Jordan broke his foot in 1985 and was able to relate to Pedroia's injury.
"I knew that Michael would enjoy talking to him -- and he did," said Francona. "He was almost fatherly with advice, like 'hey man, I went through this, it's tough, you gotta listen' and Petey was all ears. That was good. When guys like Michael Jordan talk, guys are more apt to listen."
As for the "ESPN 30 For 30" that aired Tuesday, a one-hour documentary that focused on Jordan's one season with Francona and the Birmingham Barons, the Sox skipper was less than impressed.
"I thought it was a little bit disappointing," Francona said.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
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As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.
Buck, Fred and Jerry Thornton opened the show by discussing the start of Jimmy Garappolo's career in New England.
Cole joins Dennis and Callahan to explain Tom Brady's reaction to the Logan Mankins trade.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
The guys dicuss Johnny Football, Terrible Summer Movies, and John Rocker being on Survivor
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
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Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
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