The Red Sox placed Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, the club announced Saturday. In corresponding moves, left-hander Bobby Poyner and first baseman Sam Travis have been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the spots left by both Pedroia and Mookie Betts (left abdominal strain).
It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Pedroia, who was finally cleared to make his season debut on May 25. The 34-year-old infielder underwent a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee last fall and has been trying to work his way back to the field ever since. After experiencing another bout of knee soreness, however, the club held him back for another three games before placing him on the DL again. An exact timetable for his return has yet to be announced, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be rushed back to the roster anytime soon.
Without Pedroia, middle infielders Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez are expected to continue sharing time at second base. Holt, 30, slashed .310/.384/.448 with 10 extra-base hits and an .832 OPS in 99 plate appearances, while the 31-year-old Nunez coasted to a .249/.265/.378 batting line and 17 extra bases in 201 PA.