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Dustin Pedroia to see two knee specialists this week

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In non-managerial Red Sox news, Dave Dombrowski announced during this morning’s press conference that¬†Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to see two specialists this week about his knee. Pedroia struggled through a knee issue for much of the second half, and surgery could be an option.

Pedroia, 34, is under contract with Boston through 2021 with a $16 million salary coming in 2018. He hit .293/.369/.392 (OPS+ 101) in 105 games this season.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.