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Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia says, in hindsight, he shouldn't have had knee surgery

Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia says, in hindsight, he shouldn't have had knee surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As Dustin Pedroia readies for a comeback campaign, the Red Sox second baseman says, in hindsight, he would have handled his knee injury differently.

Pedroia underwent an operation in November 2017 that kept him sidelined for all but three games in the 2018 season. The 35-year-old veteran admitted Friday at JetBlue Park that if he could turn back time, he would decide against the cartilage restoration procedure.

“I wouldn’t have done it,” Pedroia said. “I don’t regret doing it, but looking back and knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have done it.”

“It’s a complicated surgery,” he continued. “The cartilage in my knee is great now, but the graft is the thing. You’re putting somebody else’s bone in your body.”

After spending the offseason rehabbing his knee in Arizona, Pedroia’s goal is to be good to go as the starting second baseman for Opening Day in Seattle. It’s too early to say whether he’ll be able to take the field, however.

“We haven’t started official workouts yet,” Pedroia said. “I’ll let you know soon. I mean, I’m confident where I’m at right now.”

If Pedroia is ready for Opening Day, manager Alex Cora promised he’d hit leadoff.

“I appreciate him doing that,” Pedroia said. “I think these guys have seen how hard I’ve worked and seen what I’m trying to come back from, so to get that opportunity would be cool.”

On Wednesday, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said the team is hopeful Pedroia “will be a 125-game player at this point.” 

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Pedro Martinez tweets his thanks for the trade that brought him to the Red Sox - 22 years ago today

Pedro Martinez tweets his thanks for the trade that brought him to the Red Sox - 22 years ago today

Twenty-two years ago, the Red Sox were coming off a disappointing season where they were an AL East also-ran and big offseason moves were being contemplated for the franchise.

Sound familiar?

Only general manager Dan Duquette, whose team had finished 78-84 and in fourth place in the division, wasn't looking to shed payroll, but add to either the bullpen or starting rotation.

They chose to target the rotation and specifically, to go after the Montreal Expos' Cy Young Award-winning, 26-year-old ace in a trade - rather than Marlins closer Robb Nen, who had just helped that franchise win its first World Series. 

The result was a franchise-altering trade for Pedro Martinez, who tweeted his thanks for the move Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the deal - some would say "steal" - that brought him to Boston.

The Sox traded pitching prospect Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. to the Expos for Martinez, then signed him to a six-year, $75 million contract. Duquette had traded for Martinez once before, four years earlier, when, as GM of the Expos, he acquired Martinez from the Dodgers.

Martinez, of course, would go on to go 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA in seven seasons in Boston, some of which were the most dominant ever for a pitcher. His final season culminated with the first Red Sox World Series title since 1918.

So, all new Red Sox baseball boss Chaim Bloom has to do is pull off a deal like that. Simple, right?

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David Ortiz's son writes heartfelt birthday message to father on Instagram

David Ortiz's son writes heartfelt birthday message to father on Instagram

David Ortiz turned 44 on Tuesday, but you wouldn't know it by his youthful exuberance and undeniable style.

Even Ortiz's son, D'Angelo, considers Big Papi to be young at heart. He took to Instagram with a heartfelt message for his dad, and the former Red Sox slugger had the perfect response.

“Happy birthday pops. seeing u do what u do everyday drives me to wanna be better and better ur the best role model ever and also my best friend,” D'Angelo wrote. “Its crazy to think ur getting older because everytime u dress up for salsa Sunday u dress like ur 20 and everytime I see u it reminds me what real swag is love u pops have a great day.”

Check out Ortiz's response below:

Never question Papi's "swag."

It's been a difficult year for the Ortiz family, to say the least, so this birthday is an extra special one. Fortunately, Ortiz has fully recovered after being shot in the Dominican Republic in June, so both he and his swagger should be with us for many years to come.

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