It’s a sight that fans across Red Sox Nation have been waiting for since they watched Dustin Pedroia crumple in pain at home plate on June 26. Boston’s second baseman was up, out of his protective boot, and was taking grounders at Fenway Park. Finally.
Pedroia was looking comfortable on the dirt at the Fens, wearing sneakers and casually fielding soft grounders. The second baseman has also been cleared for running, but there has been no timetable set for his return.
Updates from Mike Lowell, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jason Varitek also came in during Friday Night Fenway. Ellsbury is scheduled to play in Pawtucket this weekend, and will make two rehab starts with the PawSox in their series with Durham. Varitek will remove his protective boot on Saturday, while Lowell remains on the DL.
Lowell’s update came as a surprise to some, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona ensured that it was a business decision, not one determined by his current physical status.
“The trade deadline is [Saturday], so it just makes sense to give it a day or so,” Francona told reporters before Friday’s game.
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