The news is reportedly good on second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who did not suffer a serious injury to his surgically repaired left knee, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Pedroia will join the team in Tampa, though it's not clear if he'll be ready to play or need a stint on the injured list. Earlier on Thursday, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI that Pedroia felt a pop in his knee during Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, which is why he left the game in the second inning after a fly ball to right that dropped his average to .100.

"He felt a pop I think he said yesterday," Dombrowski told Dale & Keefe. "As we know, the knee is never going to be 100 percent. It's amazing that any player can play with what he's gone through."

Pedroia is attempting to return from a cartilage restoration procedure performed on his left knee following the 2017 season. He was limited to just three games last year and has appeared in six this year.

Whatever the severity of this injury -- and Pedroia remained in New York for further examination Thursday before heading to Tampa -- the big-picture questions of how much Pedroia will be able to contribute this season remain unanswered.

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