Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox pregame notes: When will Dustin Pedroia return? Mike Napoli with 'an opportunity to get back on track'

Ryan Hannable
July 10, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Friday was the first day Dustin Pedroia was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain suffered on June 25, but his return will need to wait. The second baseman ran the bases for the first time since the injury Friday, but still the team and Pedroia weren't ready to make a move to activate him yet. "I don't have the exact percentage of the intensity, but it is the first day that he has run he bases," manager John Farrell said. "Baseball activity continues to improve. Not active today. Obviously we're getting to that point, what's the risk-reward -- the potential four additional days of recovery, so no roster move today." Farrell was asked about a possible rehab assignment if he were to miss the entire weekend series, but the manager didn't want to go there. "We haven't approached that yet," he said. "We're looking at Pedey's heath and well-being first. Again, he'll be on the field as soon as he's available." If Pedroia doesn't return this weekend, his first game back would be July 17 against the Angels -- just over three weeks since the injury occurred. Mike Napoli is back in the Red Sox lineup for the first time since last Saturday. The first baseman has missed the last three games trying to get back on track at the plate, as he's hitting .192 on the season and is 0 for his last 9 and 2 for his last 27. Napoli did a lot of work with hitting coach Chili Davis over the last week. "A week of work," Farrell said. "We gave him a little bit of a blow as we know with the two off days and the two days down against Miami and at some point we knew there was going to be a need to get him back into game after the work and gaining some confidence through that work. Tonight is a chance for that. "His production has been clear. Yeah, there's been streakiness, there's been a stretch of time that he's been challenged of late, but when you look at the big picture, we're going to need his production and tonight is an opportunity to get back on track." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- Once Pedroia returns, there is some question as to where Brock Holt will play. But, Farrell said the All-Star will remain on the field. "He'll move around as he's been," Farrell said. "To say that there's going to be one position that he gets more at-bats than the other, that's probably a little premature. That's the beauty and the great value of Brock Holt and the versatility." The obvious position would be first base, especially if Napoli continues to struggle, but he could also be used at third base to give Pablo Sandoval down days, as well as the outfield to give Mookie Betts a day off. -- Over the last few days there has been much discussion of David Ortiz playing first base and his comments of not being fond of playing there. Farrell said the two always sit down and discuss when it will happen and they don't feel it will be a regular thing moving forward. "I think it's important to know the schedule provided an opportunity," Farrell said. "Even after the Sunday game against Houston, I for one and certainly David, we didn't feel like this would be a situation of regularity. But, there were opportunities in the schedule and talking to David directly about that, there was certainly a willingness on his part to get on the field in an American League game. Does a good job there. Going forward, if those opportunities present, that will be David and I talking about it and always looking to put the best lineup on the field given the day and the situation. If that happens again in the future, that will be further discussed between David and I." The manager hinted Ortiz could be at first base Sunday with the All-Star break beginning Monday, but he had yet to speak to Ortiz about it. -- Farrell didn't have any announcement regarding his starting rotation coming out of the break.