Red Sox fans got a welcome sight at last night’s game, as Dustin Pedroia was activated from the 15-day disabled list before last night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Pedroia went 1-4 in his 1st game back since July 23rd, when he went on the DL for the second time this season.
Dustin Pedroia’s hit, a double, was one of 4 Red Sox hits last night in a 5-1 loss in 10 innings against the Blue Jays. Torey Lovulllo told MassLive.com that Pedroia didn’t argue when he was taken out after the 9th inning, which Lovullo said he was anticipating. Lovullo also said that the team will reevaluate Dustin Pedroia on a day-to-day basis, according to MassLive, but also pointed out that he saw the ball well at the plate.
I fully expect Dustin Pedroia to keep playing for the rest of the season because that’s the way he operates. Dustin Pedroia is a competitor, and I’m sure it killed him to be taken out in a tight game like Tuesday’s game, even if it was a meaningless game for the Red Sox. Even so, you don’t want to lose the face of your franchise for even part of next season, and Pedroia was placed on the DL for a second time this season because he was rushed back from his first injury. There’s no chance realistically of the Red Sox making the playoffs, even though Pedey might feel otherwise (at least that he’s told the Boston Herald), but I would hhate to lose Dustin to a major injury while he’s going after a ball in a game that doesn’t mean anything.
One thing that Dustin Pedroia will be able to do in the last 3 weeks – 1 month of the season is be a mentor for some of the young guys, and start to set the tone for the 2016 season. The 2015 season is lost, and it’s about setting up the team for success next season, and Dustin Pedroia figures to be a big part of the team’s plans for next season.