After departing from Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees in the second inning, the Red Sox Thursday placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day injured list with what the club is describing as, “left knee irritation.”
Pedroia, who played in just six games since being activated from the injured list April 9th, was clearly in some sort of pain Wednesday night after flying out to Aaron Judge, and was replaced by Eduardo Nunez when the Red Sox took the field for New York’s half of the second.
In those six games played, the 35-year-old infielder accrued 21 plate appearances splitting time between second and designated hitter, and slashed .100/.143/.100 over that brief span.
As you may have already known, the left knee hampering Pedroia now is the same one he had surgically repaired back in 2017. The same knee that has limited the four-time All-Star to just nine games since the start of the 2018 season.
Despite the general sense of negativity surrounding this news, the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham reports that this particular ailment is not considered serious.
TAMPA — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia did not sustain a serious injury to his left knee on Wednesday night, a major league source told the Globe.
Pedroia, who was examined in New York on Thursday, was placed on the injured list with what the team termed as “irritation” in his knee. The belief is he will be able to return sometime next month.
In a corresponding move, the Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket, meaning the club now has 14 pitchers on their 25-man roster.
Walden, 30, joins the big league club once again just days after being optioned to the PawSox this past Tuesday.
Through five appearances so far this season, the righty owns a 3.88 ERA and .167 batting average against with 11 strikeouts over eight total innings of work.
Given the likelihood that the Red Sox do not carry 14 pitchers, expect one of Colten Brewer or Hector Velazquez to be optioned down on Friday to make room for infielder Tzu-Wei Lin on the 25-man roster.