Farrell: Pedroia improving, but return date not set

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BOSTON - Dustin Pedroia has been on the disabled list with a hamstring strain since June 25, but the Sox second baseman is making progress in his recovery.

Pedroia, who pulled the hamstring when he awkwardly stepped on first base in a game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 24, hit in the cage on Saturday before the Red Sox took on the Astros. They day before, he worked on his running.

"Yesterday was a good day for him where the intensity to his running started to increase more," Farrell said. "We'll get a clear view on this as we get through the Miami series. What we're going to come down to is what's the risk/reward for activating him in the final series later this week on this homestand or do we take advantage of those four days [for the All-Star break]. We're not clear. The next four days will give us more clarity to that."

Pedroia is hitting .306 with nine home runs and 33 RBI on the season.

The Red Sox will host the Marlins on Tuesday and Wednesday before a three-game set at Fenway Park against the Yankees before the All-Star break.

Knowing Pedroia, he'll want to play - but the Sox won't take any chances with the benefit of some extra days off to really make sure he's healthy.

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