Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia Left Boston Red Sox Game Early As A Precaution
In a rainy game at Fenway Park on Thursday night, Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia left the ballgame before the top of the sixth inning with no explanation.
Before rumors could start the team quickly issued a statement that Pedroia had left the game with left knee pain, but the departure of Dustin was simply precautionary and was the decision of Red Sox Manager John Farrell.
After the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Rangers, Farrell explained how everything went down.
“With the conditions tonight … Pedey wanted to stay in the game,” Farrell said. “Made the decision to take him off the field. Didn’t want to do anything given what he’s gone through on that knee.
When they dump the tarp, there is a lot of water that stands behind second base and when they’re in an over shift he’s right in the middle of it. While he could have continued, just wanted to be sure this is more precautionary. And the conditions, he felt a little soreness. He wanted to stay in the game but wasn’t going to take any chances with it.”
The knee was the same one Pedroia had surgery on in the offseason, and had damaged during Manny Machado’s hard slide in Baltimore. Josh Rutledge came on to replace Pedroia, who walked and scored a run before his exit.