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Dustin Pedroia not ruling out a return this season, even if odds are remote

John Tomase
August 21, 2018 - 4:51 pm

Dustin Pedroia hasn't closed the door on playing again in 2018.

Appearing by phone from Arizona on OMF as part of the Jimmy Fund radiothon, Pedroia said he's preparing as if he'll be able to help the team this year, even if it's a longshot.

"I'm preparing right now to hopefully, if it's possible, if the team needs me this year, to be ready," he said. "I don't know if they know it's possible, and I don't know if it's possible. All I'm doing right now is working."

Pedroia noted that he started running last Friday and is building up as quickly as he can. He has been limited to three game this season by offseason cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee. In hindsight, he believes the hope that he could return by Memorial Day was not feasible.

"You all know in this game anything can happen with injuries or anything like that," he said. "I want to make sure if something does happen, I'm prepared and ready at that time. It's a tough injury to rehab back from.

"I think the timetable I was given at the start was a little unrealistic, but we made some changes to my rehab. I'm feeling a lot better, seeing a lot of changes. I'm going to get over this injury. It's just a matter of when. Hopefully, if it's not this year, I have three years remaining to play after that."

Helping his rehab is the fact that the Red Sox keep winning.

"Honestly, this is probably the best thing ever for me," he said. "We're playing great baseball, it's so fun to watch, it's exciting to see all the guys doing well. If it wasn't going like that -- if I had any hair on my head, I'd have pulled it out. Watching every game and shooting guys text messages after they do good, that's keeping me going."