Dustin Pedroia won't be around Red Sox for Opening Day


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Cora wanted to make it very clear: there have been no setbacks when it comes to Dustin Pedroia's return.

That said, the initial hope that the second baseman would be leading off Opening Day for the Red Sox in Seattle on March 28 is now out the window. Cora announced Monday morning that the Sox' plan is to have Pedroia start his season continuing his progression at JetBlue Park instead of Safeco Field.

"We’re running out of time so we’re going to keep him on schedule. He’s going to play hopefully (Tuesday). He’ll play Tuesday. He’ll play Thursday. He’ll play Saturday. Then he will play one of the two games against the Cubs and then he’ll come back here to keep building up. No setbacks. Nothing out of the ordinary," Cora said. "We just feel we need more time whether it’s back-to-backs or more innings. It’s actually not the at-bats. There’s not a target date. I think the target day will be the day he shows up and we’re comfortable where he’s at as far as the workload and he’ll be ready."

Cora wouldn't hazard a guess as to when Pedroia might be joining the major league team but did make a point to highlight how wel