Pedroia takes BP

FORT MYERS, Fla. — For the first time since he returned to Fort Myers, Fla., after straining his left abdominal muscle while with the WBC, Dustin Pedroia took batting practice. He also took ground balls at second base this afternoon, and reported no ill effects after the team’s workout.

Pedroia will return to game action tomorrow and take two at-bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates, manager Terry Francona said. He’ll get Saturday off, then get three at-bats Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“I came in yesterday and I did tee and flips,” Pedroia said. “So we’ll see today. Maybe get a couple at bats tomorrow. Hopefully that’s the plan. But I haven’t felt anything. I feel fine.”

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Even with all the uproar about the injury, which was at first thought to be in his oblique, Pedroia said it hasn’t been a problem at all since it first happened.

“I haven’t felt it one time since I got back,” he said. “I think the two days that I had off, actually three days that I had off, kind of calmed everything down. Everything’s been fine.”

Because of that, it has been “a little bit” frustrating for him that he had to leave the WBC. But Pedroia said he understands that the team needed to be cautious in the situation.

“I think once the Red Sox found out, the first thing is they kind of panicked, shut it down, made sure I’m all right for the season, which is a smart thing to do,” he said. “I’m just happy that it’s nothing, nothing that will bother me for the rest of the year. I’ll get in there tomorrow, try to get my timing back and get ready for the season.”

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