Boston Red Sox

By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

From the sounds of it the “little leader” Dustin Pedroia could be returning to the Boston Red Sox sooner rather than later.

The news came out earlier in the week that the second baseman was going to meet with his surgeon in New York on Tuesday for a check-up on his left knee.

Then following Boston’s dominating win over the Detroit Tigers, Cora went onto say during NESN’s Red Sox postgame coverage that, ‘everything checked out during the visit, noting the second baseman only has inflammation [in his left knee].’

“I was actually talking to him during the game, and it’s kind of like with David [Price] after he saw the doctor, kind of like now at least he can calm down,” Cora said. “He’ll get treatment and hopefully, he’ll be with us sooner rather than later. It’s nothing that has to do with surgery so that’s good.”

Cora also noted that Pedroia should be able to resume baseball activities in the coming days.

“No, he’ll get treatment tomorrow, you know he hasn’t got treatment the last two days,” Cora said. “And we go from there. But I think he should be back to baseball activities, slowly but surely, in about two days.”

HOUSTON – Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox warms up before a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

After putting Pedroia back on the 10-day disabled list this past Saturday with left knee inflammation, the Sox were worried about losing one of their clubhouse leaders for an extended period of time.

But after hearing Cora’s comments following Tuesday night’s game, the Sox probably aren’t as worried now as they were when the day started.

It’s been a tough road back for the dirt dog ever since undergoing cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in October 2017 after playing in his last game of the season on September 29.

The Gold Glover finally made his return on May 25 after being activated from the DL, but he only lasted three games before landing back on the DL.

UP NEXT: The Red Sox will play the second of the three game series against the Tigers on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. over at Fenway.

John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at jhardiman@985thesportshub.com.