Pedroia swings bat for 1st time since injury

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia took batting practice

before Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays. This is the first

time he’s swung a bat since slightly tearing a muscle in his right

thumb five days ago.

Pedroia took about 25 swings over four sessions. When he was

done, the 2008 AL MVP pulled off his gloves and spoke briefly with

Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson.

Manager Bobby Valentine said the team hopes to avoid putting

Pedroia on the disabled list. The team will monitor any pain or

swelling in the thumb resulting from Saturday’s session. His status

will be reevaluated after the weekend.

Pedroia is hitting .295 with five homers and 21 RBIs.