BOSTON -- After the slumping Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Braves, he received a vote of confidence from manager Bobby Valentine, who said he doesn't plan on moving the second baseman out of the two-hole.
"There's been a lot of consideration, but I think [Pedroia getting hot] is right around the corner," Valentine said.
Since returning on June 5 from a right thumb injury, Pedroia is hitting .145 (9-for-62).
He has gone 130 at-bats without a home run. Pedroia is hitting .260 on the season with five homers and 26 RBIs.
In Pedroia's third at-bat on Friday, he took a good swing but flied out to deep right.
He hit a hard grounder to short to end a rally in the eighth.
"Today he actually said he felt like [the injury] is over and it probably did take three weeks, plus," said Valentine. "And I thought his swings tonight were pretty good. The ball he hit to right field was one of the [first] balls he hit to right field in a long time. They're pitching him tough. He hasn't gotten those pitches he can really drive, he's battling. He'll get hot -- hotter than a firecracker."