Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia restarting rehab with Pawtucket on Friday night

Dustin Pedroia restarting rehab with Pawtucket on Friday night

Dustin Pedroia had his recent rehab stint with the Portland Sea Dogs shut down after experiencing minor soreness in his oft-injured left knee. However, the Boston Red Sox' second baseman is attempting to return to action in short order once again.

According to MLB.com's Ian Browne, Pedroia is starting up his rehab once again on Friday night. He will be in the lineup for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Pedroia will officially have been out a week since his last rehab start. The Red Sox will likely see how his knee responds to playing multiple days and won't bring him up to the major league roster until they're confident he can stay healthy.

Also, it's worth noting that if Michael Chavis continues to hit as well as he has to start his MLB career -- Chavis is batting .296 with 7 homers in 22 games since being called up -- Pedroia won't need to be rushed back. Chavis has held up well at second base so far, even his defense has been surprisingly good, so he will probably be the primary starter moving forward, though he may share work with Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt (when healthy).

For the time being, the Sox are still in wait-and-see mode with Pedroia. We'll soon see how his knee responds to this rehab stint.

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After lastest setback, Dustin Pedroia guarantees return as everyday player: 'It's coming. Just got to stick with it'

After lastest setback, Dustin Pedroia guarantees return as everyday player: 'It's coming. Just got to stick with it'

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia isn't ready to give up on the 2019 season, and he's definitely not calling it a career.

Speaking before the game Tuesday night against the Rockies, and after suffering yet another setback in his two-year return from knee surgery, Pedroia made one thing clear.

"There's going to be a time when I'm out there all the time," he said. "It's coming. Just got to stick with it."

The cartilage restoration procedure Pedroia underwent on his left knee following the 2017 season limited him to three games last year. He went 2-for-20 in six games this season before being placed on the injured list. He began a rehab assignment at Double-A Portland on May 2, going 4-for-16 in five games. He scratched from his Saturday rehab start and the Red Sox announced it had halted his rehab assignment on Monday.

"I had some discomfort the other day and it got checked out yesterday," said Pedroia, who turns 36 Aug. 17. "So, all is good. I think my time was up on Friday, you know, and I still need some more at-bats and getting used to some things before I'm ready. That was it."

Red Sox manager Alex Cora has maintained that he won't bring Pedroia back to the major leagues until he can play on multiple consecutive days. He termed this latest setback "nothing major" and said Pedroia will work out with the team for a few days before resuming a rehab assignment.

"I think honestly, he's a lot smarter than in the past," Cora said. "When he doesn't feel right, he'll communicate it. Back in the day, a few years ago, he would have been like, 'Forget about it. I'm going to get through this.' So he was smart about it. There's been a lot of rainouts too. He hasn't been able to play consistently. I think that's something we have to pay attention to. He'll be with us and whenever he's ready, we'll send him out and get back at it."

Pedroia noted that he plans to change braces and orthotics in an attempt to find comfort.

"Playing, what did I play, four or five games, wasn't enough for me and the team to be confident that I'll be back and fine," he said. "I had to get checked out. I had some bruising in a certain spot in my knee. That was it. . . . We want to make sure that when I'm ready, it's not a week and then I'm hurt again. I'm just trying to find a way."

There's no reason to rush Pedroia back as rookie Michael Chavis continues to impress (six homers, 19 RBI, .282 BA, .970 OPS)  with the Red Sox at second base. Eduardo Nunez recently was activated from the injured list as well and provides added depth at the position.

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Dustin Pedroia scratched from Saturday rehab start with 'minor knee soreness,' Alex Cora not concerned

Dustin Pedroia scratched from Saturday rehab start with 'minor knee soreness,' Alex Cora not concerned

UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): Alex Cora provided an update about Pedroia's status before Sunday's game against the Mariners. 

He was just sore. He was going to play today, but they just got rained out. Most likely, he will fly in today, tonight. We’ll see him tomorrow and then we’ll go from there. I talked to him this morning. He doesn’t feel it’s something major. He’s being smart about it. He’s not going to take chances at this point.

If Pedroia checks out fine, he will return to Portland and continue his rehab.

ORIGINAL STORY

Dustin Pedroia has been on the comeback trail for the better part of the last two years. After dealing with a knee injury that cost him all but three games in 2018, Pedroia started the season on the IL dealing with an injury to the same knee. He returned to play for eight games before once again suffering a setback in the knee and landing on the IL again.

Since aggravating the injury on April 17, Pedroia has been rehabbing and he recently has been playing with the Red Sox' double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs. However, Pedroia was scratched from his Saturday start with what Red Sox president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, called "minor knee soreness," according to Christopher Smith of MassLive.com.

Pedroia's scratch is notable, as it indicates that he is still having trouble playing in consecutive games. Of course, the soreness was noted to be minor, so it may just have been a precautionary move. We'll know more about it in Pedroia ends up playing for the Sea Dogs on Sunday.

Either way, the Sox are being patient with Pedroia, as they have in hopes of building up more endurance and testing to see if he can play enough to truly find a role with the team. The last thing they want to do is bring him back too quickly once again.

The good news for Boston is that they don't have as much incentive to rush back Pedroia, as they no longer have a massive hole at second base. Rookie Michael Chavis has been an offensive force since being called up, hitting .258 with six homers and 14 RBIs. His defense has been surprisingly solid as well, but that's just gravy given the power he has offered the lineup.

Eduardo Nunez is also healthy, so that gives the team another solid option at the position.

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