FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After all the surgeries -- four, if you're keeping track -- all the hours of rehab, all the drills, Dustin Pedroia still doesn't know.
He can believe and he can hope, but after all this time, he can't actually know if his latest comeback will be a success.
"I've definitely worked pretty hard to get to this point,'' said Pedroia Friday morning, recounting his long road back. "But I'm taking it one step at a time.''
Pedroia has been here before. A year ago, he arrived in spring training having undergone microfracture surgery in November of 2017, readying himself for the season. After some time in extended spring training and a minor league rehab assignment, he was activated in late May ... and placed back on the DL a week later.
His on-field contribution to the 2018 Red Sox? Three games.