CLEVELAND -- Dustin Pedroia said he's not seriously injured after leaving the Boston Red Sox's 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning on Monday night when he slipped on second base and briefly lost feeling in his left leg.
"It was kind of like a stinger, like in football," Pedroia said after being checked by an Indians team doctor. Pedroia twisted his left ankle on the base. It was the same foot on which Pedroia had surgery last season.
"I lost feeling, like I did in Anaheim last month," Pedroia said. "Then I got it back in about a minute. This time, it took five minutes. You can't wait around like that in a game, so I came out.
"I slipped on the base. It was wet."
Pedroia traced the brief numbness in his leg to the screw that was inserted into his foot during surgery last September.
"Just wait till the end of the year and take that thing out," he said, according to the Boston Herald. "I don't know where it's bumping, but it's happened twice. The first time it happened, I got the feeling back pretty quick and I was good to go. That's basically it."
Playing in a steady drizzle, Pedroia drew a walk and raced around second base on a single by Adrian Gonzalez that was trapped by right fielder Shin-Soo Choo with a dive. Choo, with one of the strongest throwing arms in the game, then threw to second as Pedroia put on the brakes and dove back to the bag, safely.
"It's just a nerve or something," Pedroia said. "It causes a sharp pain up my leg. I won't have more tests, but after the season we'll go in there and take it out."
Manager Terry Francona said he had planned to give Boston's second baseman a day off on Tuesday anyway.
"I could pinch hit if they want and be back in there the next day," Pedroia said.
Pedroia broke his left foot last June 25 and was limited to 75 games in 2010. After resting it, he played in two games in mid-August before being shut down for the rest of the season.
Chuck Murr is a contributor to ESPNBoston.com.