Pedroia Returns To Red Sox Lineup Batting Third

July 19, 2012 12:00 AM
Pedroia Returns To Red Sox Lineup Batting Third
" BOSTON (CBS) – Dustin Pedroia is back with the Red Sox, activated Thursday afternoon for the team’s series finale against the Chicago White Sox.

Pedroia, who missed 11 games with a thumb injury suffered on July 3 in Oakland, will bat third and return to second base. Thursday was the first day Pedroia was eligible to come of the DL.

“I feel great. The thumb problems the last few months have healed and I’m ready to get out there and play ball,” Pedroia said before the game. ”I can’t wait to get out there and play again; hopefully bring a lot of energy to the team. Hopefully we go on a big run here.”

Pedroia On Return: 

Pedroia told WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton he wouldn’t let the injury creep back into his mind at all.

“I’m not thinking about it one time. I’m just going out there trying to get in the flow of the game and playing the best I can,” he said.

In 32 games batting third, Pedroia is 37-for-134 (.276 average) with six doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.

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