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The human body is on its own program, man, Pedroia said after working out with the other infielders on Thursday, a day before the defending champions open their exhibition schedule against Northeastern University. Pedroia was with the team for its World Series run the third championship of his career and manager Alex Cora praised him for the leadership he provided from the bench. Cora said Pedroia wasnt expected to play in Fridays exhibition game against Northeastern or in the Grapefruit League opener against the New York Yankees on Saturday. Although Brasier is a candidate for the closer role that has been open since Craig Kimbrel left as a free agent, Cora said the infection hasnt yet interfered with his timetable to get ready for the season.