The Red Sox will activate second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday, according to manager Alex Cora.
Speaking with reporters before Thursday’s game against the Rays, Cora also mentioned that Pedroia will make his season debut on either Friday or Saturday, when the Red Sox return home for a weekend series against the Braves.
The 34-year-old Pedroia concluded a five-game rehab assignment in Triple-A Pawtucket this week, finishing his five-game run with the PawSox with one hit in 14 at-bats, including an 0-for-3 mark with three infield outs on Thursday.
“I can definitely drive the ball, rotate, and put something behind it. That’s why I’m excited about getting some at-bats,” Pedroia said at the start of his rehab assignment in Rhode Island. “Having a real, real game, getting in the flow of a game is definitely — it’s pretty important, and it’s the last step.”
Battling through the knee injury for the majority of the 2017 season, Pedroia hit .293 with seven homers and 62 RBIs in 105 games for the Red Sox before going 2-for-16 in four postseason games against the Astros in the ALDS.
With Pedroia back, the Red Sox will need to make a roster move to get under the 25-player limit.
Cora has already ruled out the idea of sending outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. down to the minors, and it doesn’t appear that the corresponding move will involve Brock Holt or Eduardo Nunez, two players that have taken on significant work at second during Pedroia’s extended absence.