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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.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.