NEW YORK — Dustin Pedroia’s return to the disabled list on Saturday brought little explanation about what’s going on with his left knee and an issue that’s been described by manager John Farrell as cartilage-related.
“There are a lot of things going on, man,” Pedroia said. “So, I mean, we're still...I don't really want to talk about injuries and stuff. But like I said, I'll be out there as fast as I can.”
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The good news: no one’s talking as though Pedroia is done for the season. Pedroia said he did not feel he was rushed back, playing in just one game in between trips to the DL.
“No, I mean, I was told that was a possibility how it could respond,” Pedroia said. “You just got to try to find a way to get through it and stay positive and just let some things kind of calm down and heal a little bit. Once that happens, get back out there and go.
“I think the best thing right now is just kind of rest and let it calm down. I know it's the wrong time for that. But it's just the situation we're in. Once it calms down, I'll be out there as fast as I can.”
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said previously that Pedroia is dealing with a situation he’ll have to manage going forward. Asked if arthritis was involved, Pedroia gave a non-answer.
“Do I have arthritis? Not that I know of. I might,” Pedroia said. “I don't know. So, that's it, man. That's all I got for you guys.”
Lefty reliever Robby Scott was recalled in Pedroia’s place.