Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia stands next to the World Series championship trophy after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Pedroia: 'Rehab went great, I feel healthy'

The Boston Red Sox received some bad news on Sunday when starting pitcher Ryan Dempster revealed he will be sitting out this season, but on Monday, the defending World Series champions got some good news on the health front on Dustin Pedroia.

The 2008 A.L. MVP tore a ligament in his thump in the season opener last year vs. the New York Yankees and although he would only miss two games all year, the injury robbed him of his power as he finished with nine home runs, the lowest total since he had eight in his rookie year.

After undergoing surgery to repair the damaged ulnar collateral ligament shortly after the Red Sox won the Fall Classic and Pedroia said, “The rehab was great, I feel healthy and there’s no setbacks, no restrictions or anything.”

Pedroia tied for second in the AL in hits with 193 and was second in the league in fielding percentage among second basemen, so just imagine what a healthy Pedroia can do as the Sox look to repeat as World Series champions.

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