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.