Dustin Pedroia and Tyler Thornburg both made significant steps in their return journeys to the Red Sox recently.
Pedroia is down in Ft. Myers, Florida at extended Spring Training and has made 2 in-game appearances in the last week, playing 3 full innings in his most recent cameo. He’s been taking ground ball and swinging in the cages for a couple weeks now, but seeing time on the diamond in an actual game is a huge momentum builder for the diminutive 2nd baseman.
Pedroia’s return is somewhat mapped out, with May 12 as the target date to begin his rehab assignment at AAA Pawtucket. He will reportedly follow a strict schedule during that time, and when asked about a timeline for his return to Boston, Pedroia told Jen McCaffrey May 25th.
Alex Cora, however, had a different answer. When asked about the situation by reporters, Cora responded, “How many days does May have, 31 days? Put down May 32nd,” as he stressed patience with Pedroia’s comeback.
Tyler Thornburg, however, is a little closer to making his MLB debut in 2018. The reliever pitched a scoreless 7th inning for AAA Pawtucket yesterday, striking out the side. Take a look:
Those curveballs are just filthy.
Thornburg reportedly averaged around 93 mph with his fastball and hit 95 mph twice. If that’s what to be expected from him going forward, Thornburg should be a huge addition to the Boston bullpen.