Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will take an “indefinite leave” in his long struggle to recover from knee trouble.
The move raises doubts about whether he’ll ever play again in the majors.
The Red Sox put the longtime star on the 60-day injured list Monday.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 27, 2019
The 35-year-old Pedroia has tried for a season-and-half to fully return from surgery on his left knee.
At a news conference at Fenway Park, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski called it an “indefinite leave at this point.”
— NESN (@NESN) May 27, 2019
Pedroia said “time will give me the right answer if my knee can do this.”
The 2008 AL MVP had surgery on Oct. 25, 2017, and played in just three games last season.
Dombrowski says that Dustin Pedroia deserves as much respect as David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez in the Red Sox Organization. AL MVP, AL ROTY, 3x WS Champion, 4x All Star, AL Silver Slugger.
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) May 27, 2019
This year, he’s played in only six games, getting two singles in 20 at-bats.
Pedroia reaggravated his left knee in a game at Yankee Stadium on April 17 and was put on the 10-day IL with left knee irritation.
He’s started and stopped rehab assignments a few times before he removed himself from a game at Double-A Portland last Friday due to soreness.
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