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Pedroia should be full go for Spring Training

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Though Dustin Pedroia is still recovering from left thumb surgery, the expectation is that he should be fully ready to go by Spring Training.

"Yeah, everything is looking like he will," said Red Sox manager John Farrell on Monday at the Winter Meetings. "The surgery he had, I know he was getting his pin out here late this past week. I don't have the exact date. But my recent conversation was that was to be removed, and he feels good. We'll see how things advance, but everything points to him being ready not only for Spring Training, but getting ample at-bats."

Though Pedroia had an All-Star season in spite of the thumb he injured on Opening Day, he should be in a position to hit with a little more authority in 2014.

"Maybe we saw him turn on the ball a little bit more frequently later in the year, when either he was getting comfortable with what he was dealing with or felt he wasn't going to do further damage," Farrell said. "That's probably where we saw it [impact him] more -- particularly in the early months and midseason when he had a willingness to go the other way a little bit more regularly."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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