‘I don’t want to get too excited’: Dustin Pedroia could play in a game this week for Red Sox

Alex Cora pointed to Friday’s game against the Orioles in Sarasota as a potential date for Pedroia to play.

Dustin Pedroia took his cuts in the batting cage and fielded ground balls.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Monday marked a significant day in spring training for Dustin Pedroia, a full workout that manager Alex Cora said would help determine when the second baseman is ready for a game.

As reporters approached him after a roughly hour-long session that included ground balls, five rounds of batting practice, and several sprints around the bases — home to first, first to second, and second to home — Pedroia arched his eyebrows. How did the milestone day go?

“I didn’t know it was a milestone day,’’ Pedroia said. “Honestly, I didn’t even know [Cora] said that.’’