While John Farrell
‘s statement on MLB Network Radio Wednesday offered some enlightenment in regards to the status of the Red Sox
‘ second baseman — revealing that Dustin Pedroia
had been cleared for baseball activity — for the 31-year-old it was old news.
“If [spring training] started tomorrow, I’m ready,” Pedroia said by phone. “I’ve got all my strength back. I’m lifting like a maniac. I’m pretty excited. Last year at this time I couldn’t hit yet. It’s obvious a lot different offseason this year than last year.
“I’m full go. I’ve been throwing, hitting, taking some ground balls. I’m ready to go. … I’m done with the rehab. I haven’t missed a beat. I haven’t had my strength like normal for few years. I’m excited.”
Pedroia has settled into his usual offseason routine. Wednesday it included the usual weight lifting and a visit to his Arizona home’s batting cage to continue his hitting
(which he has been participating in since just before Christmas).
This time, the day also included a trip to the store to buy his 5-year-old, Dylan, catchers gear. (“This guy rakes,” Pedroia said of his oldest son’s hitting skils.)
“Every day of my life is pretty good,” he explained.
These days, in this offseason, seem a bit better than years past if no other reason than Pedroia feels back to normal. After undergoing surgery on his left wrist in September, he has given himself enough healing time to hit the ground running come mid-February for the first time in the past few years.
With hand, wrist and foot injuries, Pedroia’s offseasons have been uneven of late. Last year, the Sox’s World Series run, coupled with thumb surgery and early-season injury, had the infielder playing catch-up until ultimately shutting down his season with a month to go.
“It’s been a while,” said Pedroia of having a semi-normal offseason. “You go through times you have some injuries, have to have some surgeries, things like that. You just have to prepare the best you can. When we won the World Series I had surgery and there’s time you have to rest and recover, so I got a late start and it caught up with me. Now I’m full steam ahead. I’m ready, I feel strong and there’s nothing I’ll be thinking about when I get on the field other than winning games.
“I never worry about if this is going to be my best year. Every year I try and come out and win games. As far as I’m concerned. I’ve had two good years and both years we’ve won the World Series. That’s what you play for, that’s what we all play for and that should be everybody’s mindset coming in. If we lose our last game we don’t accept that. That’s the way I’m going to look at it and that’s the way all the guys are going to look at it.”
And just in case it wasn’t clear …
“I’m ready to go, dude,” Pedroia concluded.