The Red Sox are on a hot streak (8-2 in their last 10 games) that is making them relevant again, while the rest of the division is crumbling apart. It seems that the Red Sox and the Yankees are the only teams that are still giving signs of life, and they will face each other this weekend in a series that will set the tone for the rest of the month. Luckily for the Red Sox, their best three starters will take the mound while the Yankees have Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller back. The series will be as intense as ever and with Pedroia elegible to return on Friday, the Red Sox have the option of having him back in the lineup. But should the second baseman make his return this weekend?
“Knowing that Friday is the first day, it’ll be probably day-to-day, our decision-making, as we get past Friday," said Farrell. "He’s going to be on the field when he’s first ready without any undue risk."
And that's the way it should be.
Even though he commited five errors before his injury, Dustin Pedroia was having his best offensive season since 2011. With a .306 batting average, 9 home runs and 86 hits, the second baseman was indispensable for the Red Sox success, but Boston has been doing just fine without him. Brock Holt has taken over second base and everything has been working normally. The Red Sox have some momentum going on with Xanders Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Brock Holt being the heart of the team and they seem to be handling the pressure in a very professional way. We all know that Pedroia's contribution to the team is not only on the field, but also as a clubhouse leader and a passionate player in every single way, but that doesn't mean that the Red Sox "have" to bring him back as soon as possible. With the All-Star break coming next week, there's no need for a panic move and with Pedroia's age and record with injuries the Red Sox have to play it safe with him. Right now they definetely look like a contending team and a completely healthy Dustin Pedroia is going to be a crucial factor for the second half of the season.
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