Next week should be an exciting one for the Red Sox.

Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to start running for the first time this offseason to test his injured left knee, the Herald has learned.

The Red Sox had been hoping Pedroia would be on schedule to begin running sometime in January. Early in the offseason they chose not to pursue any major league second baseman, largely because they couldn’t promise any playing time to more established players. With Pedroia, Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez all expected to compete at the position, the Sox have been tame in their pursuit of second base depth, even as a proven talent like Brian Dozier signs for what appears to be a bargain contract ($9 million on a one-year deal with the Nationals).

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said last month during the Winter Meetings that upgrading the bullpen was the priority and second base was on the backburner, though that could change depending how well, or how poorly, Pedroia’s able to handle some important steps leading into spring training.