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The Red Sox activated second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the home opener Tuesday afternoon, according to a team announcement. Tzu-Wei Lin was optioned to Pawtucket to make room.
Pedroia will start at second base and hit seventh in his first big-league game since May 29. He appeared in only three games last season after having his left knee surgically repaired in Nov. 2017 and has spent the better part of the last year getting back into game shape.
Pedroia appeared in seven spring training games, going 5-for-15 with an RBI and three runs before staying back in Fort Myers when the Red Sox embarked on their season-opening, 11-game road trip. He played three rehab games at High-A Greenville over the weekend, going 3-for-9 with a double and two walks.
The Red Sox have used a combination of Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt at second base over the season’s first 11 games. Holt was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a scratched cornea in his right eye Saturday, so Boston will alternate between Nunez and Pedroia until Holt returns to form a three-man rotation at the position.
Pedroia, the 2008 American League MVP and a three-time World Series champion, will begin his 14th major-league season Tuesday. First pitch against the Blue Jays is set for 2:05 p.m.