Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - MAY 07: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after throwing the runner out at first base in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the interleague game at Fenway Park on May 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

A few days after his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland was halted due to knee soreness, Dustin Pedroia will set out on a new rehab in Triple-A Pawtucket Friday night.

Pedroia will bat third and play second base for the PawSox.

The 35-year-old second baseman was scratched from the lineup in Portland last weekend after playing five games with the Sea Dogs. The Red Sox recalled him from his rehab assignment on Monday and had to wait five days before sending Pedroia out on a new one.

Pedroia has appeared in just nine games for the Red Sox dating back to the beginning of the 2018 season. He has struggled to stay on the field after undergoing cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee following the 2017 campaign.

Manager Alex Cora said on Tuesday that tests this week revealed “nothing major” when it comes to Pedroia’s knee discomfort.

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