Dustin Pedroia tested the stability of his injured right thumb Saturday, taking two rounds of batting practice before the Red Sox played the Blue Jays.

The first was in the batting cage under the third base stands. Then he took 25 swings on the field.

So, Dustin, how did you feel?

"How did it look?'' he shot back with comic bravado, pleased with the assortment of line drives he produced.

Pedroia was wearing a molded plastic brace under his batting glove to protect the torn adductor muscle at the base of his thumb. The tentative plan is for him to take batting practice on Sunday and perhaps Monday when the team is off.