As always, there's more than one reason the Red Sox are happy to see Dustin Pedroia healthy and back on the field.

For one thing, when he's healthy, he's one of the most productive players in the game whether at the plate or in the field. For another thing, when he's healthy, he's not driving everyone crazy in the dugout.

"He gets a little frustrated by not playing," manager Bobby Valentine said. "I'm glad we're going to turn that page. He tries to do a lot of things, and you just can't do it when you're not playing."

Pedroia is hitting .266 with a .326 on-base percentage and .400 slugging percentage — all well off his career paces — in what has been a season plagued by injuries thus far. Pedroia missed a week in June with a torn adductor muscle in his thumb, an injury he suffered in mid-May, but it was a jammed thumb, a separate injury, that he suffered July 4 in Oakland that landed him on the disabled list.

"I'm anxious to see him out on the diamond," Valentine said. "I've seen him running around the dugout the last couple of weeks, and he looks a little out of place. I'm sure he's going to look really in place when he's standing between first and second. He's everything. Hopefully he'll bring it all tonight."