A disappointing 2014 campaign from the Boston Red Sox might have been a blessing in disguise for Dustin Pedroia.

The second baseman hadn’t been 100 percent since the beginning of the 2013 season, when he injured his thumb while sliding into first base on Opening Day. Though the Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year, Pedroia had less time to recover from a surgery in their shortened offseason, and his offense suffered. Pedroia’s .278 batting average and seven home runs in 2014 both were career worsts.

After forgoing the end of last season to undergo wrist/thumb surgery, Pedroia is back to his old self and already had four home runs on the young season before Sunday’s game.

“I feel great. I feel back to normal,” Pedroia told NESN’s Sarah Davis before the Red Sox’s matchup against the Baltimore Orioles. “We’re just getting in the grind of the season. It’s still early. I think we’re all trying to find our rhythm, but there are no problems. I feel great. My bat speed’s back. I’m driving the ball. That’s all I could ask for.”

Hear more from Pedroia in the video above.

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