Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, 35, said he is “not sure” whether he will play baseball again because of his chronically injured left knee. Pedroia discussed his injury at Fenway Park shortly after the Red Sox transferred him to the 60-day injured list. Joined by manager Alex Cora and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Pedroia said “time will give me the right answer if my knee can do this” and said that “walking is tough” for him on some days but said he does not plan to undergo another knee surgery.
Pedroia’s knee troubles began in April 2017, when then-Orioles star Manny Machado took out Pedroia with a hard slide at second base. He had surgery on Oct. 25, 2017, and played in just three games last season. This year, he’s played in only six games, getting two singles in 20 at-bats. He re-aggravated his left knee in a game at Yankee Stadium on April 17 and was put on the 10-day IL with left knee irritation.
Pedroia has a $15 million salary this year and is owed $13 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021, with $2.5 million a year deferred without interest.
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