Pedroia still weeks away from baseball activities

Pedroia still weeks away from baseball activities

MIAMI -- The latest target the Red Sox have for Dustin Pedroia, who is dealing with a right hamstring strain, is for the second baseman to resume baseball activities in the final week of August.

That is a couple of weeks later than originally anticipated.

"There's been more emphasis on just targeting the strength phase and building up his physical base," said manager John Farrell. "I know we talked about Detroit being the target date for some baseball activity. With all the information that's been gathered on [Pedroia] and everyone weighing in on him, there was a high level of comfort to send him back to Boston and focus solely on gaining some strength in that hamstring."

At some point during September, the Red Sox expect Pedroia to be back in the lineup.

"I think it would be beneficial to everyone, particularly for [Pedroia]," said Farrell. "Keeping in mind we don't want to jeopardize anything, if he can go into the offseason knowing he got back on the field and feels like there's no restrictions, that would be helpful to everyone."

Pedroia initially suffered the injury while running the bases on June 24. He returned after the All-Star break for six games, only to be forced back on the disabled list.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.