Dustin Pedroia said he would be fine. It would seem he was right.
Scrappy Doo has 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats, four of them doubles. He also has four RBIs in his last five games. The mini hot streak has raised his batting average from .248 to .267.
Pedroia had hit .178 in his previous 22 games with three RBIs.
It’s evident that Pedroia’s right knee, which he injured in Detroit last month, bothered him far more than he let on. Once that cleared up, which he indicated was the case last week, the hits started to come.
When a good player goes bad, it’s almost always because of injury. The difference is that some guys play through it and allow their statistics to suffer and others hop on the disabled list. The way the Red Sox look at it, Pedroia playing at 75 percent probably helps win more games than most any other second baseman they could run out there.
What was remarkable is that his play in the field did not suffer.