Uncertain if Pedroia will be activated for Yankee series

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BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia is eligible to come off the disabled list in time for the Red Sox' series with the New York Yankees, but the club isn't giving any hints about whether he'll be activated or whether he'll wait until after the All-Star break and get additional time to recover from a strained hamstring.

"He's taking ground balls [Tuesday],'' said John Farrell. "He's [working on] change of direction with his running. All that continues to increase. No greater insights today than the other day [as to] whether he's activated this weekend or not.

"We know that Pedey will be out there when first available, so we're going through this day-to-day at this point until the decision is made.''

The hard part in the decision-making involves Pedroia's willingness to play as soon as possible, even if he might benefit from additional rest this weekend, coupled with the four off-days during the All-Star break.

"I will say this -- Pedey is looking at this knowing what's coming up after the weekend,'' said Farrell. "And he's being realistic about it as well. So the best way to describe it is, he'll be out there when he's ready, the first day that he's fully ready. If you think back to the way he injured it - slamming on the brakes coming around first base -- just getting the groundball work started now is mimicking some of that movement that injured it.

"So that's the area that we are cautious with. To just turn him loose and say he's ready to go is premature.''

Farrell added that the Sox are not looking at this series with the Yankees as an all-or-nothing-at-all proposition. If Pedroia isn't deemed ready for Friday and the opener, that doesn't mean he couldn't be activated for Saturday, or even Sunday, the final game of the series.

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