In an impromptu press conference before their game against the Cleveland Indians Monday, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, accompanied by manager Alex Cora and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, announced that he simply does not know if he’ll ever be able to play baseball again.
This announcement comes on the same day the 35-year-old was transferred to the 60-day injured list after his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland was halted for the second time over the weekend.
Coming back from offseason left knee surgery in October of 2017 and arthroscopic surgery on that same knee last July has not been an easy road for Pedroia. He made that much clear when he told reporters Monday that, “It’s to a point now where my knee is not allowing me to play every day. It’s taken me a while to realize that. And I’ve tried so many things from braces to orthotics to rehab methods to seeing different doctors to every type of treatment possible.”
As for where he will go from here, the long time Red Sox infielder said, “I’m at a point right now where I need some time. And that’s where my status is.”
Pedroia also chronicled what he has been dealing with while rehabbing, stating that, “Some days, I feel fine, and an hour later, walking is tough. I think that’s just the tough part at this level. You play 162 games in 183 games or whatever it is. If I’m on an hour to hour basis of being able to do anything athletically, that’s tough.”
According to MLB.com’s Ian Browne, Pedroia will stay with the team through their series against the Yankees in New York, and then will spend time with his family in Arizona, not partaking in any sort of baseball activities.
“I’m at a point right now where I need some time,” the Red Sox legend added Monday. “And that’s where my status is.”
So, as things stand right now, Pedroia is not retiring from the game of baseball. He is taking a break to seemingly get his body to where he wants it to be, which is presumably in a place where his left knee is not bothering him on a consistent basis.
And for all the fans urging this man to retire, please stop. That’s no way to treat someone who has put in as much work as Dustin Pedroia has, FOR YOU.
Dustin Pedroia is one of the best infielders to ever don a Red Sox uniform. He’s been with the organization his career, so please, show the man some respect during what is sure to be a difficult and frustrating time for him.
Also, Rest in Peace, Bill Buckner.