Dustin Pedroia’s first game in nearly 10 months couldn’t have gone much better — even if it lasted just one inning.
Pedroia cleanly fielded a two-out grounder by Minnesota’s Jake Cave, then singled off Kohl Stewart in Boston’s 12-1 loss Thursday.
“It made me happy to run around the bases,” Pedroia said. “It was really fun out there.”
A four-time All-Star and the 2008 AL MVP, Pedroia’s knee problems began with a spikes-up takeout slide at second by Manny Machado on April 21, 2017. Pedroia went on the disabled list three times that season, twice because of knee inflammation, and had left knee surgery that Oct. 25.
He played in five injury-rehabilitation games at Triple-A Pawtucket in May, appeared in three games for the Red Sox from May 26 through May 29, then went back on the DL for the rest of the season.
“I just need to keep building on this. I hadn’t seen a pitch since May 29. Everything went well,” Pedroia said.
Pedroia, 35 and a veteran of 13 major-league seasons, was restless Wednesday night.
“I rolled around the bed a lot,” he said. “The adrenaline was OK. I was taking it in stride.”
Exhibition highlights: Machado had an RBI double, Ian Kinsler hit his first home run and singled, and Eric Hosmer hit a run-scoring single in San Diego’s 11-8 win over Texas. … Stephen Strasburg made his second start in Washington’s 6-4 win over the Mets, pitching four shutout innings. … Justin Verlander struck out five over 3 ⅓ scoreless innings in his second start for Houston in a 4-1 win over Miami. … Jon Lester made his third start, allowing three runs and four hits with four strikeouts in 3 ⅔ innings in the Cubs’ 7-5 loss to Colorado. … Trevor Bauer made his third start for Cleveland in a 4-2 win over Arizona, allowing two runs and five hits in four innings. Trayce Thompson, Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s brother, had a two-run double. For the Diamondbacks, Zack Greinke started for a second time, allowing a hit and two walks in two scoreless innings. … Bryce Harper homered for the second straight day in a simulated game against Philadelphia minor-leaguers.
Injury report: Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who has been slowed by a shoulder injury, threw to a catcher from flat ground, the Southern California News Group reported. Manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Kershaw remains scheduled to start the team’s March 28 season opener. … Right-hander Trevor Oaks, who was competing for a job in the Royals’ rotation, had surgery for a torn hip labrum, MLB.com reported. … Danny Farquhar, returning from emergency brain surgery performed in April, pitched a hitless seventh inning in the Yankees’ 6-0 win over the Phillies.
Briefly: Outfielder Carlos Gomez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets. A two-time All-Star, Gomez, 33, hit .208 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 118 games last year for Tampa Bay. … Atlanta third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has spent the first two weeks of the exhibition season strengthening his legs, feet and toes, plans to make his spring training debut Friday against the Phillies.
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