Red Sox Leader Dustin Pedroia Finds Himself Back On The DL
In an unfortunate bit of news, Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia has been placed on the 10-day-dl.
This DL stint comes just five days after coming off another Dl stint. Pedroia’s issue once again is that knee injury that has plagued him. Taking Pedroia’s place on the 25-man roster is left handed reliever Robby Scott.
Pedroia played in just one game before landing back on the disabled list. That one game came in Tampa were he served as the designed hitter. He tested the knee the following day and it was determine he wasn’t ready to be back in the lineup. On Thursday and Friday the knee did not respond well to treatment.
The veteran has been Boston’s best hitter this season with a .303 batting average. He really turned it on since June 26 hitting .336 in 28 games played. The little leader was also playing gold glove caliber defense over at second with a .997 fielding percentage, second among eligible second basemen this season.
With Pedroia going down again, the question of surgery is being brought up. He actually had surgery on the knee in the off season, but according to John Farrell, there is no talk of another procedure at the moment.
“There’s nothing we have right now that suggests he can’t be back to us. There’s been no talk of another procedure.”
Pedroia will likely be shut down for awhile and see how the knee feels. One can wonder why he was taken of the DL in the first place. Even if his knee was ok’ed by Doctors, he should have been brought back slowly. Especially with the depth of Eduardo Nunez behind him.
It is unclear what a timetable for a Pedroia return looks like. This is the kind of injury that could take awhile, and in theory could hinder him for the rest of his career.