Dustin Pedroia expected back this weekend at Fenway

September 03, 2014 - 4:15 pm

NEW YORK -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who took an elbow to the head in a series last weekend against the Rays that has left him sidelined due to concussion-like symptoms, is now progressing from the injury in a fashion that suggests he will be ready to return by the weekend series at Fenway against the Blue Jays. "He's improved today. He went through an early [batting practice session] this afternoon. He went through the impact testing on line. That came back as he's passed it," said manager John Farrell. "So, we'll see how he responds tomorrow with some further exertion testing and it's anticipated and optimistic that he would be back on the field probably when we get back home." Pedroia has played 131 games this year, hitting .280 with a .340 OBP and .379 slugging mark.