Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent successful surgery on his left knee and will miss the start of the 2018 season, the team announced Wednesday.
The procedure for cartilage restoration was performed by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The 34-year-old Pedroia was on the disabled list twice after the All-Star break this season with what the Red Sox called inflammation. He had surgery on the left knee last offseason to repair a torn meniscus. The surgery was done with hopes to repair a left knee injury that bothering the former MVP second baseman for most of the year.
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Pedroia hit .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in being limited to 105 games in 2017 — his 11th season with the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are now entering a pivotal season with a different team featuring many outstanding young players and exceptional veterans. Boston also just hired Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora to be their manager for next season. Pedroia will always be a legendary second baseman that helped Boston win two World Series championships, but it’s looking more likely that he’s nearing the end of an incredible era in Red Sox history.
As for how this affects the team, clearly it has the potential for a massive impact. We’ll touch on what this could mean for offseason plans tomorrow, but more generally this hurts both the offense and the defense. Pedroia wasn’t a stud at the plate this year, but he is still a top-of-the-lineup fixture who can get on base and start rallies. The defense will be the most affected, though, as Pedroia is one of the best defensive second basemen in the game. With potential question marks all around the rest of the infield, losing his glove is a huge blow.