Alex Cora revealed Tuesday that Dustin Pedroia will head to Arizona to continue rehab on his injured knee.
On Wednesday, Pedroia spoke on the situation and did not sound all that optimistic. The Red Sox second baseman noted that there's no timetable for his return, and it's going to take longer than both he and the team anticipated.
Pedroia: ‘There’s no timetables. I can’t control how the human body heals. ... It’s going to happen. But the timeframe I expected and the team expected, it’s going to be a little longer than that. ... I can’t do anything about time.’— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 11, 2018
Pedroia went on to tell reporters how the healing process has gone, and how it will continue for the foreseeable future:
"It's a process, man. I've seen a lot of doctors, I've seen a lot of rehab people and gotten their thoughts and things like that," Pedroia said. "After learning a lot about it, I think the bottom line is when I came back and played, and since I'm a smaller guy, they thought I could play during parts of healing. And I did for a little bit, but then I started to have discomfort. That's just a sign that you have to wait til everything has healed all the way and then build up a running progression so you don't have any setbacks. It's just time, which sucks. And obviously, I'm not the type of person to hear that correctly. None of us are, because when you're told a timetable to come back, you feel like you fail if you didn't reach that timetable. But that's really not it. When everyone wanted me to have this surgery, it was not only to be healthy the rest of my career, but the rest of my life.
"Once everything heals permanently, we'll check that with MRIs and things like that how I'm progressing, and once that happens and I maintain my strength and keep working hard at that, it shouldn't be long. So hopefully I just heal fast."