Dustin Pedroia spoke to WEEI last this week about the possibility to return this season. Whether he plays or not he wants to be with his teammates.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been in the organization since 2006. In the thirteen years he’s been with the Red Sox, Pedroia has 124 home runs and 724 RBI’s. Pedroia was part of two World Series Championships in 2007 and 2013. He also was teammates with new manager Alex Cora from 2006-2008.
Pedroia has had a pretty good career with the Red Sox, he’s also quiet and keeps to himself. He was teammates with David Ortiz, who was the vocal leader in the clubhouse when he was there. Pedroia was never really that vocal leader but he’s done his best to help the team win.
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At the end of last season, Pedroia underwent knee surgery and was expected to be out seven months. The hope was to have him back sometime in May. However, when he was put into the lineup this season it didn’t work out. Pedroia returned at the end of May and batted .091 in three games. It was reported that there was inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee and he would be put back on the 10-day disabled list.
Pedroia hasn’t been back since as he’s been rehabbing his injured knee in Arizona. He has been put on the 60- day disabled list. Pedroia spoke this week to WEEI about returning to the Red Sox whether he was playing or not. He also talked about the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
"“I’m getting better every day, It’s been a long road,” said Pedroia. “Kind of having long days, multiple rehab sessions.”"
At the trade deadline, the Red Sox acquired Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angeles. With that trade, Pedroia coming back seems unlikely. With 90 wins on the season, it’s not like the Red Sox need his bat desperately.
Pedroia sounded confident that when he’s fully healthy he’ll want to play. He started a running progression last Friday. He is continuing to build strength in the knee and the surrounding area, according to Chris Cotillo of Masslive.com. Pedroia is hopeful to also get over the injury. If he doesn’t play this year then he still has three years remaining on his contract.
Pedroia also said on WEEI that this team has been exciting to watch.
"“Watching every game and shooting guys funny text messages after they do good, that’s keeping me going. Just hearing from them during this process. It’s been exciting to watch.”"
Pedroia is the longest tenured player on the team. He came up through the Red Sox organization and really made his mark. That 2007 World Series team was something special. Pedroia also won Rookie of the Year in the 2007 season. He batted .317 with 50 RBI’s. Pedroia is a good presence to have in the clubhouse for sure and him being supportive to the players from Arizona is great too.
I think Pedroia will play out his contract with the Red Sox and probably retire when his three years are up.