While the Red Sox season has kicked off, there are plenty that are itching to see the return of Pedroia.

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It’s certainly not the ideal situation that Dustin Pedroia had envisioned, as many are sure that he’d bet on suiting up Opening Day in Seattle. However a minor setback should still allow for the veteran presence to return to the lineup in the coming weeks – if all goes according to plan.

The Red Sox recently announced that Pedroia would be beginning the season on a rehab assignment with the Greenville Drive. Additionally, he’ll play an extended Spring Training game on Friday in which the veteran second baseman will play all nine innings.

At this point, it’s a matter of playing on back-to-back days for Pedroia as Alex Cora has said.

“Back-to-backs, seeing how he reacts. With him, (how he feels the day after playing) is important,” Cora said. “I’ve been saying that all along. To see how he reacts to the daily grind and we go from there.”

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Dave O’Brien and Dennis Eckersley have each mentioned multiple times on their NESN broadcast that the expected return date will be Opening Day at Fenway. That would be scheduled for April 9th against the Toronto Blue Jays.

It remains to be seen whether, or not, we’ll see Pedroia for that series, but it’s encouraging to know that he’ll begin the season on a rehab assignment.