Dustin Pedroia ready to play in ALDS despite injury
Pedroia started only 19 of the Red Sox’s final 58 regular-season games and made two trips to the disabled list because of inflammation, swelling and soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Even when he returned to the lineup at the beginning of September, the Red Sox did all they could to give the 34-year-old second baseman additional rest.
But on the eve of the AL Division Series, Pedroia insisted he never feared he would be unable to play in the postseason for a Red Sox team that always believed it would get there.
“I knew I would be in a position to help us here in this part of the year,” he said, confidently as ever.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski recently said the situation will need to be managed for the duration of Pedroia’s career.
Asked Tuesday about Pedroia’s health, Red Sox manager John Farrell classified him as “healthy enough” — hardly a confident diagnosis. And although the scheduled days off for travel during the postseason might help Pedroia recover more easily, the Red Sox are unsure enough about his ability to stay on the field that they are seriously considering carrying Deven Marrero on the playoff roster as an extra middle infielder.
“We have got some infield depth that we have to keep because of Pedey and Nunie [versatile infielder Eduardo Nunez, who is dealing with a sprained ligament in his right knee],” Farrell said. “Those are real and tangible things that we have to guard against.”
“The last couple of days off have helped him,” Farrell said. “We know that this is a little bit of a situation that’s … it’s a work in progress. Don’t anticipate it really changing. I do know this: He is champing at the bit to begin this series and the postseason, and he’ll be out there every available day.”
Either way, we will see Pedroia when Game 1 begins today at 4 p.m. ET.
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