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Pedroia: Ankle is OK, hits will come

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia assured reporters Saturday night that he is just fine after stepping on Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche’s foot during a dash to first base.

He didn’t stop there, also expressing confidence that his current funk will end soon enough.

“I’ll get hits. Don’t worry,” he said.

Pedroia did in fact get a hit on that run to first, but it came on a weak dribbler up the third-base line. Even with that single he is just 2-for-20 (.100) since returning from a right thumb injury earlier in the week. Included in that stretch is seven strikeouts and a foul pop with the tying runs on base to end the seventh inning on Saturday.

Pedroia insists that the brace he is wearing in the wake of the injury is not an issue. He just needs to rediscover himself at the plate.

“I felt like I was a little off, a little late on the heater and a little early on off-speed pitches,” Pedroia said. “I'll have one at-bat where it clicks, then I’ll take off.”

There is precedent for such a confident reaction. Pedroia’s average was at .239 on June 4 last year. By the end of July, it sat at .309. The year before he had a .248 average on June 9. He was up to .293 just 15 days later after a three-homer performance in Colorado.

While the thumb bears watching, the fact that Pedroia is sitting at .277 on June 9 this year should not be a major concern. He will be the first to say so.