After failing to fully recover from knee surgery for two seasons, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is taking an indefinite leave of absence. It all started early in the season in 2017 when Manny Machado plowed into Pedroia on a hard slide. Pedroia spent some time this year on rehab assignments in the minors. On Friday, he took himself out of the game due to soreness in his left knee. The 35-year old Pedroia feels that taking time off could help him recover faster and better than what’s going on now.
His time off could also help him decide what is in store in the four-time All-Star’s future. Since the injury in April of 2017, Pedroia has only played in 114 MLB games. The struggles that he’s been through not only have had an impact on him but for the Red Sox as well. While Michael Chavis has been solid for Boston this year, not having Pedroia in the lineup has certainly been tough for the team. Especially, when the Red Sox are in the field. Chavis has struggled in the field and this is one area where Boston will miss the glove of Pedroia. He’s one of the leaders on this team and the younger players have gained a lot from his experience and advice.
If Pedroia can’t get healthy enough to play again, he’ll still go down as one of the greatest second basemen in Boston Red Sox history. In fourteen years, all with the Boston Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia has put up 1,805 hits and a .299 career batting average. It’s almost rare to see one player stick with the same team throughout their entire career these days and Pedroia has done just that. That’s part of what has made him an icon in Boston with both the team and fans. The Boston Red Sox have moved Dustin Pedroia to the 60-day disabled list for the time being.