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Dustin Pedroia provides an update on his recovery

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I have no idea if Dustin Pedroia is ever going to play in a major league baseball game again. I have my doubts based on reports about his recent knee surgery, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. It’s some major stuff and between that and how long it will have been since he’s played for even a moderate stretch of time, the smart money may very well be on his career being over.

Pedroia is waxing cautiously optimistic these days, however, telling WEEI yesterday that he’s feeling pretty good, relatively speaking, since his surgery. He adds that, since he’s rehabbing at a Vail, Colorado facility at the moment,  he plans to join the Red Sox during their series against the Rockies this week, just to be around the club:

“Had a check-up with the doctor this morning and I’ll see the guys the next two days and then I’ll be in Vail until Monday rehabbing. The surgery went really great. I’m still on crutches for two more weeks but things are going really good compared to where I was before the surgery.”

Pedroia, 36, played in only three games last year and appeared in just six games this year, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances. In May, after being placed back on the injured list, Pedroia said that he was unsure if he will ever play again. Hopefully his rehab continues to give him gains and he’s at least willing to give it go next spring.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.