Red Sox

Red Sox

BOSTON - When the Red Sox reconvene in Anaheim on Friday after the All-Star Break, they'll be joined by Dustin Pedroia, who is expected to start in the game.

Pedroia has been on the shelf since straining his hamstring while rounding first base on June 24.

While his activities have ramped up over the last few days, John Farrell and the Red Sox elected not to activate him for the final series of the first half of the season, instead giving him a longer stretch of recovery with the All-Star Break over the next four days.

Farrell says that Pedroia will be ready to go by the end of the week, and doesn't feel as if a rehab assignment is necessary.

"The way he's feeling swinging the bat right now and I know it's BP, we've done some things in the cage to emulate a little bit more velocity," Farrell said. "We want him back in the lineup as soon as he's available."

Pedroia is a guy who always wants to be in the game no matter what, but he was willing to see the bigger picture and accept the Sox decision to give him some extra rest.

He was hitting .306 with nine home runs and 33 RBI before the injury.