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.
“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.