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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.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.