Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia underwent wrist surgery


Dustin Pedroia underwent successful surgery on his left wrist on Thursday. That brings it up to 10,536 straight “successful” surgeries in Major League Baseball. We’ve not had one yet where the surgeon comes out to meet the press in blood-soaked surgical scrubs and a shaken expression saying . . . “my God . . . I don’t know what happened. I — oh dear sweet Jesus, that poor man!!” and then collapses in tears.

So Dustin Pedroia should be good to go:

Pedroia has been way off his A-game this year and a good part of last year too. Bad wrists can kill a hitter. He’s 31 now. It’s not guaranteed he’ll get back to his A-game.

Dustin Pedroia to undergo hand surgery, done for the season

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Dustin Pedroia’s season is over due to a hand/wrist injury and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox second baseman will undergo surgery Thursday.

Pedroia has played through the injury for most of the season, appearing in 135 of 145 games, but he’s posted career-lows in batting average (.278), on-base percentage (.337), and slugging percentage (.376). And he’s been particularly unproductive since the All-Star break with a .674 OPS.

As part of a contract extension signed last July the 30-year-old Pedroia is owed $97 million through 2021.

Dustin Pedroia “probably inactive” for the rest of the season, may need surgery

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During a radio interview this morning Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will likely be shut down for the remainder of the season due to a wrist injury.

“Probably inactive” is the exact wording Farrell used, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.

Pedroia has played through wrist pain for much of the year, but it’s led to career-worst production–including a measly .674 OPS in the second half–and the injury may require offseason surgery to fix. The last-place Red Sox have 17 games remaining.

Red Sox may shut down Dustin Pedroia for the season

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Dustin Pedroia returned last week from a concussion, but now he’s dealing with a left wrist injury and Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox may decide to shut the second baseman down for the rest of the season.

According to manager John Farrell an MRI exam showed inflammation and he’ll be examined further to determine if surgery is needed. It’s a problem he’s been playing through for most of the season.

Pedroia has hit a career-low .278 with seven homers and a career-worst .712 OPS in 135 games after posting an OPS above .780 in each of his first seven full seasons. He’s owed another $97 million through 2021 as part of a contract extension signed last July.

Dustin Pedroia making progress from concussion, expected to return Friday

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Dustin Pedroia suffered a concussion last Saturday when he took a forearm to the head in a collision with Rays infielder Logan Forsythe at second base, but Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that he’s expected to return tomorrow.

Pedroia dealt with dizziness and sleep problems initially and “didn’t feel quite right” when he tried to ramp up activities on Tuesday, but he was able to make it through his usual pre-game routine this afternoon at Yankee Stadium, including a full round of batting practice. He still has some hurdles to cross, but all signs point toward him being in the lineup for the start of a series against the Blue Jays in Fenway Park.

“We’ve got to get him one final medical exam tomorrow,” said John Farrell, “but at this point, things are looking like he’ll be on the field and in the lineup tomorrow.”

Pedroia, 31, is batting .280/.340/.379 with seven home runs and 51 RBI over 131 games this season. He’s still making contact as much as ever before, but he has struggled to rediscover his power since his thumb injury last year.