(AP) -- Dustin Pedroia is optimistic he'll be back in the Boston Red Sox's lineup after a two-game absence, and his teammates are hoping their second baseman can lift their dipping run production.
For that to happen, he'll need to break out of a slump Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox in the second of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Pedroia, who entered Tuesday's 2-1 loss in Chicago as a pinch runner, expects to return after an MRI revealed no structural damage in his left wrist. He's 3 for 27 and has stranded 17 runners in his last six games. He also has a 2-for-17 lifetime mark against White Sox starter John Danks.