BOSTON – Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was scratched from the lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels because of a sore left foot.

Pedroia missed 44 games after he was placed on the disabled list June 26 with a broken bone in his foot. He was activated Tuesday and played two games.

“I took (batting practice) and was running the bases and it didn’t feel great,” he said before Thursday’s game. “Hopefully tomorrow’s a better day.”

Pedroia played two games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket and was told the soreness wasn’t unusual.

“I just talked to the doctor,” he said. “Two days in Pawtucket and two days in this environment, it’s to be expected. My foot’s pretty sore.”

Pedroia said he didn’t expect to be able to go all out for the remainder of the season.

“It’s kind of impossible to come back and play 43 straight games,” he said.

“It’s pretty sore in the area I broke it.”

Pedroia is hitting .288 with 12 homers and 41 RBI in 75 games.

BOSTON PLACED catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the disabled list with an infection in his right leg.

Saltalamacchia went to the hospital before Wednesday’s game, complaining of soreness.

Saltalamacchia is expected to be treated with antibiotics over the next three days, then rest at home.

The Red Sox recalled catcher Dusty Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Saltalamacchia’s spot on the roster as a backup for Victor Martinez.

Saltalamacchia has played in just three games for the Red Sox since arriving from Texas at the trading deadline.

He is the sixth catcher the team has used because of injuries to Martinez, backup Jason Varitek and third-stringer Kevin Cash.

BOSTON POLICE said a fan suffered severe head injuries when he apparently fell 14 feet in Fenway Park.

Officers at the ballpark during Wednesday night’s game between the Red Sox and Angels found a man lying on his back with head injuries.

The man, whose identity wasn’t released, was treated at the ballpark before being transported to a Boston hospital.

Police and the team said they had no further details.


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