NEW YORK -- After missing the final two games in Tampa and all three here against the Yankees, Dustin Pedroia is expected to be back on the field and in the lineup Friday night when the Sox begin their second-to-last homestand of the season.
Pedroia suffered a mild concussion last Saturday night when he took a forearm to the left side of his head in a collision at second with Rays infielder Logan Forsythe.
After experiencing dizziness initially and some sleep issues thereafter, Pedroia has felt better in recent days and Thursday afternoon, he was able to go through his usual pre-game routine on the field, including a full round of batting practice.
"We've got to get him one final medical exam tomorrow,'' said John Farrell, "but at this point, things are looking like he'll be on the field and in the lineup tomorrow.''
Pedroia has already fulfilled much of the protocol set up by Major League Baseball for those who have experienced concussions, passing exertion tests as well as cognitive tests on-line.