Back home in Arizona, Dustin Pedroia is preparing for spring training by beginning to ramp up the rehabilitation on his surgically-repaired left knee.
This week, the Red Sox second baseman is set to start running and testing the knee that kept him out for all but three games last season. Following a significant micro-fracture surgery in November of 2017, Pedroia underwent a second arthroscopic procedure in August.
Both he and the Red Sox organization are confident that the additional time provided to rest and rehab will be enough for him to become a contributor for the 2019 season.
“Listen, I’m in a lot better position right now than I was last year,” Pedroia told Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com. “I’m very confident and excited that I’m going to be able to do it and go forward. Now I understand a lot more than I did last year. I was trying to heal while I was rehabbing and that probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do. I’ve taken time and changed my rehab philosophy, let my knee heal a lot more and I feel good.”
Luckily, with the uncertainties surrounding Pedroia’s recovery, the Red Sox still have depth at second base. Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez are expected to be back as members of the 25-man roster.
Position players don’t report to Fort Myers for another month or so. Until then, Pedroia is focused on slowly getting healthier every day.
“It isn’t like it’s the ‘be-all, end-all’ this week,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong — I’ve run (some) already. That’s why I’m confident. It’s not like I’m going out and running triples. There’s a right way to do this and the build-up needs to be executed perfectly. To try and blow it out on Jan. 14 is probably not too bright. It’s a progression of doing more.”