Dustin Pedroia plays five innings in rehab debut

Brian Hines
Contributing Writer

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia began his rehab assignment Monday in Triple-A Pawtucket.

Pedroia played five innings at second base, and saw only one ball hit to him: a pop-up in the first inning that he caught. At the plate, Pedroia went 1-3 with a single to right field in the fourth inning.

He popped up to right field in the first inning and grounded out to second in the fifth.

“I’m pretty happy about it. First game in a long time, everything went great,” Pedroia told The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier. “I felt good up there. I hit three balls on the barrel. I felt good about that. Obviously, I’ve got to get some more at-bats to lock in, but everything went great.” 

Pedroia is rehabbing from knee surgery he underwent on Oct. 25, in which he had a cartilage restoration procedure done. He hopes to return to the Red Sox sometime this month.

“Knock on wood, if I get through this, this is the last step to test if my knee is back to normal,” Pedroia said, per Speier. “I’m pretty excited that it is and there wouldn’t be an issue. I’m fine now, man. I don’t have any issues. 

“You’re going to see the same guy you’ve seen for however many years I’ve played.”

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