In the end…
Chances are, even if Pedroia does end up shelved long term again, the Red Sox will do little about second base. Outside of Gennett, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious, cheap upgrade available. At least not one likely to provide more all around value than Lin. Plus, we’re likely jumping the gun with Pedroia. Setbacks after major surgery aren’t uncommon.
So we’re a long way from needing to look for Pedroia’s replacement on the roster. That time may come, and it may even come at some point this year. For now, we’ll hope he makes it back sooner rather than later. But only if it means he’s fully healthy. We don’t need a repeat of his taking ground balls in a cast. If the worst comes to pass, the free agent market has some interesting options this winter. We can dig into that in the offseason, though.
In the meantime, how long do you think Pedroia will be out this time? Will he get back to being the Pedey we know and love? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
(Statistics current as of 6/19/18)