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Dustin Pedroia takes BP with brace

Updated: June 3, 2012, 1:54 PM ET
By Mark Polishuk | Special to ESPNBoston.com

TORONTO -- Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia took batting practice while wearing a specially designed brace before Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was the first time he's swung a bat since tearing a muscle in his right thumb five days ago.

Pedroia took about 25 swings over four sessions. When he was done, the 2008 AL MVP pulled off his gloves and spoke briefly with Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson.

The brace is designed to lessen the strain on ...

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