Pedroia, the Sox' current second-sacker, was an All-American shortstop at Arizona State and keeps himself sharp by taking ground balls on the left side of the infield during the season. Perhaps of equal importance: he wants to do it.
"They've put it out there and I've told them I'm all for it. I can do it. I can't wait for [Terry Francona] to call me and ask, 'can you do it?' I can do it. I really want to do it."Boston's shortstop search began after the departure of Alex Gonzalez, and the team believes it may be easier to sign an everyday second baseman. Pedroia got a shot at the position during spring training in 2006, but didn't impress manager Terry Francona enough with his play there to make the idea stick.