Photo by Kelly of the magnificent

Opposing teams may be happy to learn that our fireplug, cheerleader, asskicker extraordinaire, agent provocateur and walking soundbyte, Dustin Pedroia, is looking at the possibility of knee surgery. That could make him The Elf on the Shelf for at least a month.

Pedroia was injured on the first play of the game May 16 when the Orioles’ Brian Roberts hit a ball off the chest of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Pedroia fielded the ball and landed on his knee. “I banged it hard and it has been bothering me ever since,’’ he said.

He described the procedure, which will be done at Massachusetts General Hospital, as a “needle with a camera on it’’ that will determine the extent of the damage. If necessary, Pedroia then would have the surgery immediately.

“It could keep me out a month,’’ he said after last night’s 11-6 victory against the Yankees. “It’s not what I want. But I have to get it checked out. It’s been bothering me a lot.’’

Elf attributed his recent lack of production to the nagging injury, and while the thought of losing his glove for a month won’t help the booze go down any easier, having a fully-functional Pedroia for the late summer stretch run is more than worth it.

Besides, as Nikki astutely pointed out in our comments section, Laser Show duties are now being handled by David Ortiz.

PS: I can take no credit for this post’s title. It’s all Miranda.