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Dustin Pedroia activated, in lineup for Red Sox home opener

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After nearly a year in the wilderness, Dustin Pedroia is back. The Red Sox have activated their second baseman. He is hitting seventh and playing second base in today’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays

Pedroia appeared in only three games last year after having his left knee surgically repaired in Nov. 2017. He underwent a cleanup procedure on his left knee last July and that cost him the rest of the year. After seven spring training games, extended spring training in Fort Myers and then three games at A-ball where he went 3-for-9, the Red Sox have deemed him ready to go again.

Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez have covered second base in the first 11 games of the season, but Holt is on the injured list at the moment. For now they’ll want to rest Pedroia a lot, one assumes. Once Holt is back Alex Cora is going to have to figure something out. I imagine everyone is hoping that Pedroia returns to something close to his old form and makes his decision making much easier.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.