Return of the Prodigal Pedroia
Yes, No. 15 Dustin Pedroia was back in your Boston Red Sox lineup today, batting second and playing second base.
The first play of the game went to second base and Pedroia fielded it cleanly. In his first at-bat, he drove in Ellsbury with a grounder to short. In his second and final at-bat, Pedroia reached on an infield single and went to second on the error before coming out for a pinch-runner.
“I felt good,” Pedroia said. “I think
the biggest thing is to see how it feels tomorrow. Hopefully I’m not sore or
anything like that. I definitely want to take it slow. I’ve been doing all my
treatment stuff. It was good to get back on the field and get a couple of
at-bats and get back in the game rhythm. Tomorrow is probably the biggest day
to see how it feels. Hopefully I’m not sore and hopefully Sunday I can get out
there and play again.”
J.D. Drew was hit by a pitch on the right hand and was taken for X-Rays. They were negative. It was just a contusion.
Yet another strong outing for Clay Buchholz, who lowered his Spring Training ERA to 0.66 with five innings and no earned runs.
One other obvious positive development here today. Jason Varitek absolutely tatooed a three-run homer from the left side. He hit it on the street behind the RF wall. Tek’s second lefty homer of the week.
The big game of the weekend of course — no, not a college basketball game — is Japan vs. Team USA. Sunday night, 9 p.m., Dice-K taking the ball.
Pedroia only wishes he could be there.
“I wish I was
there and to be a part of it with those guys. It was an unbelievable experience
getting a chance to play with all those guys. I’ll definitely be rooting hard
for them. I’ll shoot them a text message, a little motivational speech for ’em.
I’ll get em going,” Pedroia said.
Intrepid reporter Jonny Miller of WBZ Radio asked Pedroia if he had any secrets for Team USA about facing Dice-K.
“Daisuke is lucky I’m not there, I’d hit a line drive
right off his back and you guys can put that in your paper. I would hit him
right in his back. He better hope the Red Sox don’t trade him,” Pedroia said, as he walked away.
Funny stuff. A chirpy Pedroia must mean a healthy Pedroia.