Pedroia to miss 2018 start for Red Sox after surgery

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Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox calls for the ball in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros during game four of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts (AFP Photo/ELSA)
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New York (AFP) - Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent successful surgery on his left knee Wednesday and will miss the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, the team announced Wednesday.

The 34-year-old US infielder, twice a World Series champion with the Red Sox, underwent a cartilage restoration procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

"It is anticipated that Pedroia would return to games in approximately seven months," the Red Sox said in a statement.

That would mean Pedroia would miss about a month of next year's campaign.

Pedroia was on the disabled list twice this year after the mid-July All-Star Game break with what the Red Sox called inflammation.

He underwent surgery on his left knee last off-season to repair a torn meniscus.

Pedroia batted .293 with seven home runs and 62 runs batted in over 105 games this year in his 11th season with Boston.