According to Browne, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Pedroia could start as early as Friday or Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.
Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee last October, which was expected to keep him out for the start of this year. The procedure meant Boston would need a new Opening Day starter at second base for the first time since 2006.
Eduardo Nunez has filled in at second in Pedroia's absence and been one of the worst second basemen in MLB. Nunez is batting .243 with a .361 slugging percentage, and his minus-0.4 WAR is tied for last among qualified players at the position, per FanGraphs.
Pedroia's injury hasn't hurt the Red Sox too much, as their 34-15 record is the best in baseball and 1.5 games better than the rival New York Yankees.
Getting a healthy Pedroia back should be a boost to Boston's offense and help the team stay atop the American League East.