Pedroia, who continues to deal with a nagging knee injury, will not report to Red Sox spring training on Monday when position players arrive, according to interim manager Ron Roenicke.
"He's still sore," Roenicke said, according to ESPN's Joon Lee. "The [left] knee is still sore. The setback is still there. He won't be here Monday. He's going to try to evaluate what happens here. He's going to continue to talk to the people in Arizona and [head trainer] Brad [Pearson] to figure out what the next step is and where he goes from it."
Over the past two seasons, Pedroia has appeared in only nine games for Boston -- more specifically just 34 plate appearances -- and suffered what was called a "significant setback" in January. At this point, he continues to mull over his options with his family and the Red Sox as he tries to determine whether or not to hang up the cleats for good.
The 36-year-old first suffered the knee injury in 2017 after colliding with then Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado at second base. Since then, Pedroia has undergone multiple knee surgeries in an attempt to return to the baseball field -- cartilage restoration procedure (2017), scar tissue removal (2018) and more recently an alternative surgery to a total knee replacement -- and unfortunately, none of that has done him any good.
Through 14 seasons with the Red Sox, Pedroia averaged .299 at the plate with 725 RBIs, 140 home runs and a .805 OPS. He was voted the American League MVP in 2008, and also has won four Gold Glove awards. Unfortunately, Pedroia won't return to the player he once was if he does, in fact, take the field again. However, he can still be effective if given the opportunity to return.
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