By DAN HICKLING, Globe Correspondent
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia felt satisfied after finishing the first of two rehab games with Pawtucket, Saturday night.
Pedroia, who had missed seven weeks with a broken left foot, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, in the Pawtucket's 6-4 victory against the Buffalo Bisons.
"It felt good," he said. "It's been a while since I played. Later in the game I was a little tired, but overall, I felt fine."
Pedroia will be the DH in Sunday's 1 p.m. matinee. Then, if all goes well, he expects to rejoin Boston on Tuesday.
Jeremy Hermida was 1 for 4 and Carlos Delgado 1 for 3. He is 2 for 12 with one RBI in four games since being signed. The crowd was announced at 11,991.
UPDATE: 8:55 p.m. Game over
We're done, here at McCoy, with Pedroia going 1-for-3, with a walk and a run scored, in Pawtucket's 6-4 win over the Buffalo Bisons.
We'll be tromping down to the clubhouse and find out how the foot held up.
UPDATE: 8:25 p.m. Bottom of the seventh
A gritty, eight pitch AB for Pedroia, who fell behind Bison reliever Adam Pettyjohn, 2-2, before battling back for a walk. He remained at first when Delgado fanned to end the inning.
UPDATE: 7:46 p.m. Bottom of the fifth
Matters much quieter this at bat. Pedroia skied a 2-2 offering to right field for the second out of the inning. PawSox and Bisons tied, but the way.
Hitting behind Pedroia is Delgado, who is 1-for-2 tonight, with an HBP.
UPDATE: 7:20 p.m.: Bottom of the fourth inning
Pedroia's second at bat was an even better test of his wheels. He legged out an infield single, and later scored on a Yamaico Navarro sacrifice fly to cap a four run inning for the PawSox.
He's only had to handle the ball once, so far, that on a grounder by Jesus Feliciano that was hit right at him.
UPDATE: 6:24 p.m. Top of the second inning
Pedroia's first at bat gave him a chance to test his mending left foot, after lashing a grounder to short. He didn't beat the throw, but showed good explosion bursting out of the box. He had said before hand he was hoping for a chance to hit the basepaths early on.
5:50 p.m.: Ready to go
Greetings from McCoy Stadium, the site of what is expected to be the first of two rehab games for Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Tonight, the former AL MVP is planning to play the full nine innings at second and he'll bat third.
"I told Tito that I don't plan to play just five innings on Tuesday" Pedroia said.
Tomorrow afternoon, he's slated to DH. The hope is that between the two games, he'll get 8-10 at-bats while emerging pain free.
He said he felt great after taking BP and several ground balls.
The opposition this weekend is the Buffalo Bisons (Mets). Carlos Delgado will man the DH spot.
Pedroia, who played parts of two seasons in Pawtucket, got big cheers as he trotted out for his pre-game stretch.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the evening.