After a long and successful career at second base for the Boston Red Sox, it appears that team legend Dustin Pedroia might not ever be able to return to the baseball field.
Pedroia told reporters on Monday that he had suffered another setback in the rehabilitation of his left knee and that he was going to take an indefinite break from rehabbing.
When directly asked if he’d ever be able to return to the game, Pedroia replied that he didn’t know.
This news could mean that Pedroia’s career has come to a close.
In response to the news, Boston transferred Pedroia to the 60-day Injured List in order to free up a spot on the club’s 40-man roster.
Pedroia’s left knee has constantly given him problems since the 2016 season when he underwent the first of three surgeries to try to repair the damage. The diminutive second baseman was able to play in 105 games in the 2017 season after undergoing the procedure, but he’s only played in 9 Major League games during the past two seasons. Pedroia only lasted until April 16th this season, when he was transferred to the injured list with knee inflammation after appearing in only six games.
If this is, in fact, the end of the road for Pedroia, he will have had a spectacular career with the Sox. Pedroia won 3 World Series rings during his career with Boston, batting .299 with 140 home runs and 138 stolen bases in 13 seasons with the team.
Pedroia was named the MVP of the American League in 2008 and was recognized as an All-Star four times in his career.
Now, fans will have to wait and see if Pedroia is able to make a miraculous return to the field after he spends some time away from the game and rehabbing his injury.