Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

Dustin Pedroia made his spring debut in Fort Myers on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, marking the first time the Red Sox second baseman has appeared in a game since last May.

Pedroia fielded a routine ground ball in the first before singling off the glove of Twins shortstop Ronald Torreyes. He took second base on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Rafael Devers.

Manager Alex Cora lifted Pedroia from the game after the second inning, as planned.

“So far, so good,” Pedroia said about his debut to ESPN’s Buster Olney. “It felt great.”

Pedroia is trying to return to full health after cartilage restoration surgery on his knee in 2017. He appeared in three games in 2018 before he was forced to shut down his comeback attempt.

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