Spring Training '19

McAdam: Dustin Pedroia readying for Grapefruit League debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Cranking homers to center field under the watchful eye of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, Dustin Pedroia took a step closer Monday to returning to game action, predicting that he would take part in a spring training game before the week is out.

The previous day, Alex Cora had termed Monday an important day in Pedroia's bid to get back on the field, a test of his readiness.

"I feel great,'' Pedroia announced to a small army of reporters, "but I didn't know it was a milestone day. It was? Oh. Honestly, I didn't even know he said that. It was another day for me. I feel good. I feel like I'm just preparing for another season. So far, so good.''

Of course, it's not just "another season'' for Pedroia, who, after undergoing major reconstructive surgery on his left knee in November of 2017, managed to play in just three games last year. He returned in late May, played three games in the span of four days and was soon placed back on the DL.

In retrospect,