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.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.