Is this the end of the line for Dustin Pedroia?
The Boston Red Sox second baseman has suffered a "significant setback" in his rehab from left knee surgery that may put his status for 2020 spring training in doubt, The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reported Tuesday.
Pedroia underwent a "joint preservation procedure" in August 2019 that left him on crutches through September and made Red Sox fans wonder if his major league career was over.
The 36-year-old said in November he wasn't contemplating retirement, but it appears that's very much on the table now after a setback that may jeopardize his 2020 campaign.
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Pedroia has played in just nine games over the last two seasons, and the Red Sox seemingly aren't banking on him contributing this year, considering they've already signed a pair of middle infielders -- Jose Peraza and Jonathan Arauz -- as second base options alongside Michael Chavis.
If Pedroia's playing career really is over, he'll go down as one of the best second basemen in Red Sox history. Just don't count on him following Alex Cora as Boston's next manager.
Twenty years ago, the Boston Red Sox were in the 82nd year of the Curse of the Bambino. There was some hope, though, in the form of the most electric pitcher in baseball.
That pitcher, of course, was Pedro Martinez. The Red Sox legend was coming off a historic 1999 season in which he earned his second Cy Young Award and finished as the American League MVP runner-up. His 23 wins, 2.07 ERA, and 313 strikeouts topped the league, and he continued to exert his dominance over opposing hitters the following season.
Sports Illustrated previewed the 2000 campaign by featuring Martinez on their iconic cover. They even went as far as to predict the Red Sox would win a World Series title with Martinez leading the charge.
On Friday, Martinez took a trip down memory lane and posted the cover to Twitter.
How's that for nostalgia?
Obviously, the Red Sox had to wait four more years before they finally broke the curse. Still, that's a cover to hold on to if you still have some old Sports Illustrated magazines laying around your household.
In 2000, Martinez earned his third Cy Young, going 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA, 284 strikeouts, and an absurd 0.74 WHIP.
Baseball's regular season was supposed to begin on Thursday. Alas, that didn't happen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The absence of baseball left many across the country a bit melancholy, including the nephew of recently signed Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh. But McHugh did what he could to cheer him up.
As McHugh detailed on Twitter, he wrote a little comic for his nephew. He also took the time to share the wholesome comic so his fans could see it.
That's a kind gesture by McHugh and the comic itself is adorable. Let's hope it brightened his nephew's day a little bit.
McHugh joined the Red Sox late in the offseason after spending the previous six seasons with the Houston Astros. In 2019, he went 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.
McHugh was rehabbing an elbow injury that was expected to keep him sidelined to start the Red Sox season, but he was eventually expected to compete for a job in the bullpen or starting rotation.