Spring Training '19

Red Sox Notebook: Dustin Pedroia returns to game action for first time since last May

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Cora joked that Dustin Pedroia, in anticipation of his first spring training game of the year, was dressed and in full uniform by 7 a.m. Thursday.

Pedroia, blushing some, insisted that his manager was exaggerating his eagerness, though, with a ferocious cut at the first pitch he'd seen in a game since last May 29, it might have been only slight hyperbole by Cora.

Clearly, Pedroia was excited to be back in action, and brief though it may have been -- he had one at-bat as the leadoff hitter in the Red Sox' 12-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins and played two innings in the field -- it was judged a success.