Pedroia was limited to 75 games in 2010 due to a broken foot he suffered when he fouled a ball off his left foot during interleague play. He returned for only two games in August before it was decided he would need surgery to repair the damage.
He is healthy, but he still needs to do daily maintenance work on his foot.
The Red Sox will play their annual collegiate doubleheader against Boston College and Northeastern on Saturday at City Palms of Park. Pedroia will play against the Huskies in the nightcap, which begins at 6 p.m. Both games are seven innings.
“What’s going on Saturday afternoon? Oh, yeah. I’m excited. We’re going to kick BC’s ass,” Pedroia said jokingly.
He’s been preparing the entire offseason to get back on the field.
“My biggest thing is to get out there and get into the flow of the game and make sure I’m healthy and feel good,” Pedroia said. “I just need to see pitches, just any normal game. I just can’t wait. It’s going to be fun.”
He’s not expecting any limitations once Grapefruit League action begins.
“I’m moving around good and I feel good,” he said. “It’s been a long time. I’ve put in a lot of hard work to come back and it should be fun.”