Spring Training '19

Dustin Pedroia to begin season in extended spring training

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dustin Pedroia's return to regular season play is going to have to wait. Maybe not for long and maybe not beyond the Red Sox' home opener. But at least a little while longer.

The Red Sox made that official Monday morning with the announcement Pedroia will begin the 2019 season in the same spot his 2018 season started: in extended spring training.

Pedroia will play several more games this week, the Red Sox' final cluster of games in Florida, then travel with the Sox to Mesa, Az. to take part in two exhibition games against the Chicago Cubs this coming weekend.

But when the rest of the roster moves on to Seattle to begin the regular season March 28, Pedroia will return to Fort Myers to continue to build up strength in his surgically-repaired left knee.

"We're running out of time,'' said Alex Cora. "There's been no setbacks, nothing out of the ordinary. It's just that we feel we need more time to do the back-to-backs, more innings. There's no target date (for his activation). I think the target date is the day he shows up and we're comfortable with where he's at and he'll be ready.