Barring any setbacks, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is on pace to return to the Red Sox when they return to Fenway Park on Aug. 17, both Pedroia and Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. Pedroia had an aggressive day of running in spikes prior to his team's series opener against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He will run the bases on both Wednesday and Thursday and then visit with Dr. George Theodore in Boston on Friday.
If all goes according to plan over the rest of the week, Pedroia could be cleared for a weekend rehab assignment on Saturday and Sunday in Pawtucket. That would be a prelude to his return to the Sox on Tuesday.
Pedroia has been out since suffering a fractured navicular bone in his left foot on June 25, when he was hitting .292/.370/.502/.872. The Sox are 20-18 in his absence.
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