BOSTON – As disappointing as this season has been for the Red Sox, it has been equally so for Dustin Pedroia. He has posted career lows in a full season for average at .278, on-base percentage (.337), slugging percentage (.376), home runs (7), doubles (33), total bases (207), and stolen bases (6).
It appears his season is over, and that Pedroia is potentially moving in the direction of surgery, but no official decision has been made, the Boston Globe reports.
“No, nothing definitive,” Farrell said in the Globe report published this morning. “He and we are still gathering information. It’s moving towards probably a procedure. But nothing definite is scheduled right now.”
Pedroia was out of the Sox lineup Tuesday night against the Orioles at Fenway Park with what manager John Farrell said is left hand and wrist inflammation. While a decision has not yet been made to shut him down for the season, that is a possibility, Farrell said.
“I wouldn’t rule that out,” he said. “But it’s too premature to make a final decision on that.”
An MRI revealed “further inflammation,” Farrell said, an ailment that has been bothering Pedroia “for some time now.”
Farrell could not remember precisely when Pedroia re-injured his left hand/wrist, but he said Pedroia aggravated it during a game at Fenway earlier this season, when he fell on it while completing a double play.
Pedroia has had problems with his left hand/wrist in the past.
He underwent surgery in November 2013 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, after playing with a torn ligament, suffered during a head-first slide into first base on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium last season. He re-injured his left hand during the home opener this year, on April 4 against the Brewers, before aggravating it again later in the season.
Pedroia underwent an MRI on Tuesday.
“There’s some options that they’re going over,” he said after the game, a 4-1 loss to the Orioles. “We’re trying to do the best we can to figure out a plan and go forward.”
The options are surgery, rest, or continuing to play with the discomfort.
But, at this point, with the Sox stuck in last place in the American League East with nothing left to play for, perhaps it would be in the best interest of both the Sox and Pedroia to end his season and let him begin the healing process.
“I don’t think the medical staff would put him at further risk,” Farrell said. “His long-term health is always foremost.”
Pedroia believes if surgery is needed, it would not be major and would allow him to do his normal offseason work.
“It’s tough,” he said. “You want to be out there playing. I love playing baseball.”
Asked if he thought the injury affected the offensive production for Pedroia, who has grounded in 14 double plays, one behind David Ortiz for the team lead, Farrell replied:
“It’s had an impact, no doubt.”
“When you don’t have your hand strength you’re not able to follow through like you normally do,” Pedroia said. “That makes it tough. You have to try and find ways in other areas to help your team win.
“We’ve tried to manage it the best we can. Obviously it hurts. It’s tough going out there and trying to do what you’re accustomed to doing and you can’t. I will soon.”
• In Pedroia’s absence, Farrell said his preference would be to use Brock Holt at second base. But, Holt remains unavailable after leaving Friday’s game with an illness. Farrell said Holt has also had stiffness in his neck, and is “not ready to resume baseball activities.” The Sox hope to have him back for the series in Kansas City beginning Thursday.
• Asked if Mookie Betts would be used at second base, Farrell replied: “not ready to say that.” The Sox would prefer to let Betts become more familiar with the outfield rather than moving him back and forth.
• Tonight’s starting pitcher, Anthony Ranaudo, turns 25 today. The last seven Sox pitchers to start on their birthdays all earned the win.
• Third baseman Will Middlebrooks turns 26 today.
• The Sox No. 1 pick, 26th overall, shortstop Michael Chavis took batting practice at Fenway before the game. He appeared in 39 games for the rookie Gulf Coast League team, playing 13 games at short, 10 at third base, and serving as the designated hitter in 16. He hit .269, going 36-for-134, with a .347 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage.