The word on Dustin Pedroia is more encouraging today, as he was examined by Red Sox doctors and he has a slight abdominal strain. He's done with the WBC and will rest and should be fine for Opening Day. Heck, it's an injury that could have happened at Red Sox camp or at the WBC, so it's better to err on the side of caution and sit Pedroia for a few days to let the injury heal. Here's more from MLB.com.
But the word on Julio Lugo is far worse. He's going to have arthroscopic surgery on his ailing knee, and right now the doctors don't know how long Lugo will be on the shelf until they see the extent of his probable torn meniscus. It now appears that Jed Lowrie is the Opening Day shortstop. Lugo had been having a terrific spring training.
And the deal that was rumored last weekend about Jon Lester has indeed happened, as the club announced today that Lester has agreed to a five-year deal, with a club option for 2014. The exact terms were not announced. Here's more from Redsox.com.