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.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.