Dustin Pedroia’s surgically-repaired foot is almost healed

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Good news for Red Sox fans. During an appearance on WEEI in Boston earlier today, Dustin Pedroia said that his surgically-repaired left foot is almost fully healed.

“I saw Dr. Theodore today. The CT scan looked great, and he said I’m pretty much 99.9 precent healed,” Pedroia said. “That’s as close to 100 as we’re going to get.”

“I’m getting cleared to start jogging and build up to sprinting, and once January comes, hit it hard and get ready for the season.”

Pedroia was off to a roaring start with the bat before he broke the navicular bone in his left foot on June 25. He returned in late-August, but went right back on the disabled list just two games later after aggravating the very same injury. In September, he had a screw inserted into the foot in order to help with the healing process. So far, so good, it seems.

The Red Sox still managed to win 89 games this past season despite Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis appearing in just 195 games combined. Incredible, when you really think about it. Victor Martinez may have bolted for Detroit and Adrian Beltre is still out there in free agency, but there’s every reason to believe Boston will be back with a vengeance next season.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.