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Get off the field! Red Sox need to stop Pedroia from playing catch

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Dustin Pedroia(notes) urgently needs an intervention.

Somebody of authority on the Boston Red Sox must step forward, right now, and stop Pedroia from taking infield practice while he's wearing a protective boot.

You read that correctly. A short time ago at Fenway Park, Pedroia fielded grounders during pregame, while resting on both knees, as he is supposed to be healing from a broken bone in his left foot.

From the Associated Press:

The 2008 AL MVP warmed up on the edge of the grass in front of his second base position, playing catch while on both knees. Then he took grounders and flipped the ball to a coach standing next to him.

The session lasted about five minutes, Pedroia said. And when he finished, Pedroia used crutches to get off the field.

OMG, Mr. OCD.

"I just have to keep my arm in shape," he said afterward.

His "arm in shape," he says. Get the net! The Red Sox have themselves a baseball addict-hoarder-snooki.

Pedroia, pound-for-pound the Red Sox's best player, got hurt Friday. It hasn't even been a week.

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"He's a maniac," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He knows he can't put any weight on that foot or he'll slow [his return] down. Anybody that's been around him two seconds knows he'll be ready to go when the bell rings. He's pretty unique."

Yes, he's marvelous in a Steve Nash sort of way. Gritty, scrappy, crazy. Pedroia makes Carlos Zambrano(notes) and Milton Bradley(notes) seem like they should be the ones giving the therapy.

And he's acting dumb. Dumber than a box of rosin bags.

He's going to hurt himself. Navicular homicide. The "bell" isn't close to ringing. It's about six weeks away. It's not time for that kind of rehab. Get him off the field. How doesn't Francona know to stop this?

Theo? Paging general manager Theo Epstein. Step away from the Pearl Jam concert. Your best player has gone rogue while on the DL.

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