Dustin Pedroia took batting practice for the first time since being sidelined with a slightly torn muscle in the adductor muscle in his right thumb, Saturday at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The plan is to evaluate how much swelling occurs after Saturday's batting practice session, and if the thumb is deemed OK Pedroia will conduct another round of BP Sunday.
The hope since an MRI showed the tear was for Pedroia to be in position to re-evaluated during Monday's off-day, with the chance of the second baseman returning to the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday against Baltimore.
While swing a bat Pedroia will wear a brace molded for his hand in the position it forms to when grabbing a bat. It also possesses a strip of foam material on the inside to cushion impact.
Pedroia initially injured the thumb on May 2 while fouling off a Ryan Cook pitch. X-rays after that game against Oakland showed no damage, but the subsequent MRI almost three weeks later disclosed the tear.
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