As planned, Dustin Pedroia underwent foot surgery today

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As expected, Dustin Pedroia underwent season-ending foot surgery today, with doctors inserting a screw into the fractured navicular bone in his left foot.

According to Scott Lauber
of the Boston Herald “the surgery is expected to assure more complete healing in time for Pedroia to be ready for spring training.”
And here’s what Pedroia had to say about the decision to go under the knife:

I think putting a screw in is probably the best idea. I don’t want to get to January and go through my workouts and then don’t feel good and I miss some of next year. None of us want that to happen. So, I think putting the screw in is probably the best idea.

He initially tried to play through the pain and after that didn’t work Pedroia hoped to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, but the foot apparently never healed as quickly as required.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.