Red Sox announce Dustin Pedroia will not return this season

"We ran out of time."

Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia looks on from the dugout before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 12, 2018. –Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not going to come back this season, manager Alex Cora announced prior to Friday night’s game with the Houston Astros.

“We went through all the steps during the whole year … But we ran out of time. We’ve got to take care of the individual. … He’s OK with the decision … He’ll be ready for next year, no doubt about it,” said Cora.

Cora said Pedroia had arthroscopic surgery in late July to clean up scar tissue in his left knee. He’s been able to practice hitting and fielding, but doesn’t have time to build back up in games, especially with the minor league season over.

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“He’s saying that he’s getting close but he’s not there. He understands that there’s no other place to build up, get innings, get at-bats, running the bases,” Cora said.

Cora said Pedroia would be with the team for the rest of the season and possibly in October.

“This guy, he means so much to this franchise. What he’s done the last few years, he deserves the respect that we gave him through the process for him to try to come back,” Cora said. “He’s put himself close enough, but not close enough. Know what I mean? We talked about it. He’s OK with the decision.”

Cora also added there aren’t regrets about how the team handled Pedroia’s recovery from an offseason cartilage restoration procedure.

“We went through the process the right way,” said Cora. “We learned from it, and we’re going to be better from it.”

Cora also said lefthander Chris Sale would return to action Tuesday as the “opener” pitcher vs. the Blue Jays. He would be allowed to pitch two innings or 40 pitches.