Boston Red Sox Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia Taking Things Slow When It Comes To His Left Knee
Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia continues to manage his left knee which is the one he had surgery on last fall.
The second baseman is out of the Red Sox lineup Thursday in the series finale against the Twins. Prior to the game, he had played in six straight games after missing three in a row following being hit by a pitch against the Astros a few weeks back.
Manager John Farrell said the team is trying to stay ahead of things.
“With Pedey we’ve got to monitor just how he reacts to some consistent play with the left knee and to try to stay ahead of it as best possible,” Farrell said. “So went through a number of treatments here this morning as well as early afternoon, but felt it was best to try to give him a day to try and stay ahead of things.”
Pedroia is batting .295 with just two homers and 13 extra-base hits this season while slugging only .368. Farrell said the issues with his knee have played a factor in the lack of power for the Red Sox second basemen.
“I would say it would be, yeah,” he said. “I don’t know that he’s had a consistent base from which to hit. I know he’s tried to alter things a little differently, the batted balls are still there. But when you don’t hit with a consistent firm base, I think it’s going to affect the ability to drive the baseball. We’ve seen it in short spurts but as good as he is at making in game adjustments based on how he feels, he’s been able to accomplish it to a certain extent, so that’s ongoing.”
Pedroia’s power drought is the longest in his career with his knee not allowing him to explode on the ball.
The Red Sox have 10 games remaining until the All-Star break and Pedroia will get some extra days to rest the knee.