Dustin Pedroia restarting rehab stint Friday, nearing potential return to big leagues

Alex Reimer
May 17, 2019 - 2:34 pm

Dustin Pedroia’s interminable rehab stint is restarting. The Red Sox mainstay will play this weekend in Triple-A Pawtucket and be in the lineup Friday, where he is batting third and playing second base. From there, he could be called up to the big leagues in short order, if he can stay on the field.

That’s the ultimate question for Pedroia, who was called back from his rehab stint earlier this week. He’s only played nine games since undergoing a complete cartilage restoration procedure at the conclusion of the 2017 campaign.

He appeared in 105 games that season and was shut down for good in August.

Pedroia, 35, was placed on the injured list April 18 due to left knee inflammation. His last full season was 2016, when he hit .315 and popped 15 home runs for the division-winning Red Sox. 

Though Pedroia’s presence may seem unnecessary now with Michael Chavis’ emergence, it is never bad to boast as much depth as possible. The three-time World Series champion and one-time MVP is signed through 2021.