It’s been a long, strange trip for Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
But the light may finally be at the end of the tunnel for Pedroia, as a positive read on Monday could see the 5-foot-9 second baseman activated in time for Tuesday’s home opener, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
The 35-year-old Pedroia had a late start to the 2018 season due to offseason knee surgery, of course, and appeared in just three games, and went 1-for-11 before complications in his knee flared up and knocked him out for the rest of the season.
He’s essentially been completely out of sight, out of mind for the Red Sox.
That continued out of the gate this season, with Pedroia on a rehab assignment with the Greenville Drive (Single-A), where he posted a 3-for-9 line at the plate and appeared in back-to-back games last weekend.
It’s the simple next step in a return to the Majors that will have to see Pedroia tweak his game a little bit.
“I think in the spot that he’ll hit early in the season, he’s going to have a lot of traffic,” Cora told reporters. “There should be a lot of traffic. I don’t want to get ahead. I don’t want to tell who we play, Toronto, if Pedey plays this week, that he’s going to be more aggressive. But that’s something he understands, that the game is changing.
The Red Sox will open up their home slate — and raise a 2018 World Series championship banner — tomorrow afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. The game has a 2:05 p.m. first pitch, but fans are encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m.