Pedroia: I'm healthy and 'ready to go'

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Pedroia: I'm healthy and 'ready to go'

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS -- Friday morning was a vivid reminder that while a broken foot caused Dustin Pedroia to miss almost half of last season, there was never any damage to his spirit.

Determined, upbeat and filled with more than a little spunk, Pedroia, in his first day at the Player Development Complex, maintained that the foot had healed completely and he expects no complications.

"I feel great . . . ready to go and I'm and excited to be here," said Pedroia.

Pedroia must still do some maintenance on the foot, but said that won't hold him back from having a normal spring training.

"I pretty much have to do my stuff in the training room to get ready," he said, "but I don't think it will be a problem."

Some Red Sox officials had hinted Pedroia might be rested more once the Grapefruit League scheduled begins, but the second baseman didn't anticipate scaling back his workload.

"I haven't talked to manager Terry Francona about anything like that," Pedroia said, "but I don't think that's necessary. Whatever they have planned for me, I'm ready to do."

Pedroia recently revealed that his winter rehab featured some "ups and downs," but Friday, he downplayed that aspect of his recovery.

"What I was trying to say," he said, "was when you have an injury like this, you try to find ways that make you feel right. There are so many different areas of your foot and I have to get my leg back to normal. Some of the things I was trying to do weren't the right things to do.

"But we found a way to make me feel strong and I feel great right now. It was just trying to get everything working together. If one part of my leg isn't firing, then it's going to affect my foot. But we kind of figured out what the problem was and the last three weeks, I felt great."

Pedroia will be excused from the taxing shuttle run which the team will conduct next week to measure fitness, but other than that, will be cleared for all activity.

"I've already taken ground balls, turned double plays, run the bases -- I've done everything," he said. "I'm ready to go . . . My foot's repaired. There's a screw in there holding everything together. It's a ton better. I feel great. There's not going to be any setbacks or anything like that."

In addition to a foot which is mended, Pedroia returns to a Red Sox team which has been upgraded by free agent signings and trades. Informed that new teammate Carl Crawford told USA Today that he can't wait to play with Pedroia, whom he labeled a "little firecracker," Pedroia said: "What a shocker.

"I worked out with Carl for probably three or four years at API in Arizona when I was there. I'm glad he's on our team. It's a pain in the butt playing against him. He's running wild. It's going to be fun playing with him on our side.

"Everyone's real excited. We're fired up. Everyone's healthy. It's going to be fun."

With Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez joining the Red Sox lineup, Pedroia is unsure -- and apparently, unconcerned -- where he's going to hit in the batting order.

"I don't care," he said. "I don't think anyone cares."

Pedroia acknowledge that his patience was tested during his rehab.

"It's been tough," he said. "You try to set little goals, stuff like that. The other day was my last workout and I was kind of excited. I put a lot of hard work in and I'm ready for it to show on the field."

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Lou Merloni talks about the Red Sox losing 6 out of the last 7 games and if David Price should have stayed in the game for the 9th inning.