Julio Lugo to Have Surgery, Dustin Pedroia Hurt

Evan Brunell@evanbrunellFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2009

Dustin Pedroia strained a muscle near his ribcage during Team USA workouts on Friday. It's not anything to be concerned about, but this next piece of news is.

Julio Lugo may have torn his meniscus in his knee, and word is he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.

He'd be sidelined a month, leaving the starting shortstop job to Jed Lowrie. That's probably the outcome we all hoped for, but losing Lugo as a backup is tough.

Nick Green, Gil Velazquez, Ivan Ochoa, and Angel Chavez will all compete for the backup job. So far, Green has to be winning the job—he's hitting .387/.472/.645 and has a reputation as a solid gloveman.