Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, manager Alex Cora, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia addressed the media on Monday afternoon. Pedroia, who has been rehabilitating his surgically-repaired left knee, said that he is “not sure” he will ever be able to play baseball again, MLB.com’s Ian Browne reports.
Pedroia said, “I’m at a point right now where I need some time. That’s what my status is.” He added, “Some days, I feel fine, and an hour later, walking is tough. If I’m on an hour-to-hour basis of being able to do anything athletically, that’s tough. I think the time will give me the right answer of if I can do this.”
According to Browne, Pedroia will remain with the team through this weekend’s series in New York against the Yankees, then he will return home to spend some time with his family. Presumably, he will be contemplating retirement.
Pedroia, 35, played in only three games last year and appeared in just six games this year, accruing just three hits (all singles) in 34 plate appearances. While Pedroia has been out, Michael Chavis has handled second base and emerged as one of the most productive players on the Red Sox.