In mere hours, Dustin Pedroia will be back with the Boston Red Sox.
Prior to the Sox’s series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, manager Alex Cora said that the second baseman will be activated from the disabled list Friday, in time for the Sox’s series opener at Fenway Park against the Atlanta Braves. He will start either Friday or Saturday.
Pedroia has been a staple in the Sox lineup for over a decade, and has spent the spring working his way back from offseason cartilage restoration surgery in his knee. When Pedroia is activated Friday, it will mark exactly seven months since he underwent the procedure.
In five games rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket since departing extended spring training, the 34-year-old has been sharp defensively, but has struggled at the dish as he worked to get his timing back down. He hit went 1-for-14, good for a .071 average.