For the first time in his career, Pedroia was in the lineup as the Red Sox's designated hitter for Thursday night's game against the Indians. Pedro Ciriaco was penciled in at Pedroia's spot at second base.
"About four days ago, there was a little consensus that it was time," Valentine said of resting Pedroia. "I talked to him, and he always kind of talks you out of it. Then he had a good game, and then he felt good the next day, so this is just catching up on it."
Full-time DH David Ortiz is still on the disabled list with an ailing right Achilles, so Valentine felt like this was the best time to give Pedroia a defensive day off.
"While David is not here, to make the best use of that opportunity is prudent at this time," Valentine said.
Ciriaco hasn't gotten much playing time during his stint in the big leagues, so he was kind of surprised to see his name on the lineup card, especially at second base.
"But I'll be ready to play whatever they want me to play," he said.