Pedroia to return for Red Sox on Friday

Dustin Pedroia will finally join the Boston Red Sox.

Pedroia will be back on the team on Friday after missing every game this season recovering from a cartilage restoration procedure in October, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced on Thursday,

In Pedroia's absence, Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt have had the majority of playing time.

Nunez is hitting a somewhat disappointing .243 this year and Holt is batting .194 in 31 at-bats at second base this season.

Pedroia, the 2008 American League MVP, will be a welcome addition to the Red Sox's lineup.

The 34-year-old is a .300 career hitter with 140 home runs.

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