Pedroia expected to return to Red Sox lineup Friday

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is injured after colliding with Tampa Bay Rays' Logan Forsythe at second during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pedroia left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox expect second baseman Dustin Pedroia to return to their starting lineup for Friday’s homestand opener against Toronto.

Pedroia has not played since Saturday, when he left a game at Tampa Bay in the second inning with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the head by a sliding Logan Forsythe, who was advancing on a fly ball.

“We’ve got to get him one final medical exam tomorrow,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Thursday’s series finale at Yankee Stadium, “but at this point things are looking as he’ll be in the lineup and on the field tomorrow.”

Pedroia planned to go through a full pregame Thursday. He is hitting .280 with seven homers and 51 RBIs this season.

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