Pedroia: 'I haven't felt this good since April'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said it is reasonable to expect he will be activated when he is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday in Fenway Park against the Chicago White Sox.

"Yeah, I got checked (Thursday) morning, they took me out of the splint, tested my thumb," said Pedroia, who went on the DL with a hyperextended right thumb on July 6, retroactive to July 4. "The area that that was jammed, sore, it felt better. He said start doing activity, so I hit. No problems. The other area (torn adductor muscle) is healed. I felt good, man. I haven't felt this good since April."

Pedroia, who took batting practice during Thursday's optional workout, hit again Friday. Originally, he was expected to keep the thumb immobilized in a cast for two weeks, and he said he expected to miss a "few weeks." He's making hash of that schedule.

"It's calmed down," he said. "I'm kind of loose-jointed. They said that could be the reason I heal pretty quick. I was basically in a cast for seven days, it felt fine. It's good. Good to be healthy."