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Dustin Pedroia to start season on injured list

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The Red Sox said today that Dustin Pedroia will begin the season on the injured list.

Pedroia has not had any setbacks in his return from injuries which cost him almost all of last season, but the team feels that he needs more time to get into regular season shape. To that end he’ll continue to play in Grapefruit League games for the next few days before moving over to extended spring training. There is currently no timetable for his return to the bigs.

Pedroia had his left knee surgically repaired in October 2017 and didn’t debut in 2018 until late May. It wasn’t much of a 2018 as he appeared in only three games, going 1-for-11, before landing back on the disabled list (note: “injured list,” per the court’s nunc pro tunc ruling). Pedroia underwent a cleanup procedure on his left knee last July.

So, Opening Day for Pedroia will be in Florida.

Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.

Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.