Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The Red Sox also announced that, back in July, he underwent a cleanup procedure on his left knee. So, yeah, him coming back was never in the cards to begin with. Which was probably obvious given that the Red Sox went out and got Ian Kinsler around the time of Pedroia’s surgery.
Pedroia had his left knee surgically repaired last October and didn’t debut in 2018 until late May. And it wasn’t much of a 2018 as he appeared in only three games, going 1-for-11, before landing back on the DL where he has been ever since.
The Sox are saying that there is nothing new that is wrong with Kinsler, but that it’s merely a matter of running out of time in the season to get him back in action. They expect him to be ready to go for the beginning of 2019. Guess we’ll see.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.