Pedroia worked out at the Rogers Centre, home of the Blue Jays, on Tuesday and came through with flying colors according to the Boston Globe . Pedroia wore cleats, did some running and fielded grounders.
"He did great," manager Terry Francona raved. "Today was by far the best day. It was one of those days when you kind of leap by bounds. I think we hoped that would be the case. Some days it's level and then you have a day like today. He kind of simulated coming out of the batter's box and then he's run straight. I'd say he was close to 100 percent speed-wise."Pedroia will run the bases Wednesday and have an exam Friday back in Boston. Assuming he clears, rehab games will be completed over the weekend leading up to Tuesday. He will return with special padding on his cleats and will wear protective padding at bat on his left food, where he suffered the fracture.
"I know the rest of the way is going to be tough," Pedroia said. "But we're at a point right now where we're trying to make a run and make it in the playoffs and trying to win the whole thing if we can. I know I'm not going to be as fast as I was earlier in the year but I can make that up in the offseason."
Jason Varitek, who suffered the same injury as Pedroia a few days later, is a week to 10 days behind Pedroia's rehab.-- Evan Brunell
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