Good news folks, Dustin Pedroia is on his way back and we are more than excited!
Alex Cora noted that Pedroia would be back this Friday. Pedroia has been shelved for the first 50 games of this season after recovering from knee surgery in the off-season.
Dustin finished up his Triple-A assignment at Pawtucket on Thursday; unfortunately, he went 1 for 14 in his five games with the Paw Sox.
Pedroia is expected to return to his starting role and Cora said that he will bat somewhere after the 1-2 spots, since he can’t disrupt what he has with Benintendi and Mookie.
Eduardo Nunez will return to a utility role. Nunez has been a less than stellar replacement although he hasn’t exactly torn the cover off the ball–batting .243 with 3 HR and 12 RBI’s in 169 AB.
And it has been defensively where Nunez has disappointed. As the Globe notes, Nunez has cost the Sox five runs this season based on the Defensive Runs Saved statistic.
Pedroia who is now 34 years old will need to shake off some rust in getting back to game speed. It remains to be seen if he’ll be able to get back to the Pedroia of his prime years, where he could hit .300 with no problem and reach an OPS above .800.
The jury is still out, but anything will be an improvement offensively over Nunez.
And remember you still have time to enter our contest for the autographed Dustin Pedroia minor league autograph!