Dustin Pedroia is ‘feeling good’ and hoping to play in 2020
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has played a combined nine games in each of the last two years due to a plethora of knee issues, but it looks like the former MVP could be returning to the field in 2020.
According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, Red Sox executives Chaim Bloom and Brian O’Halloran have said that Pedroia is “feeling good” and that they plan to meet with him in Arizona this week to discuss his future with the club.
Cotillo also notes that Bloom and O’Halloran said that the “door has swung open” for Pedroia to retake the field next season.
Pedroia has undergone five knee surgeries, so even if he does come back, you have to assume his role will be somewhat limited.
The last time we saw Pedroia play a full season was back in 2016, when he slashed .318/.376/.449 with 15 home runs and 74 RBI over 698 plate appearances.
His knee issues began to flare up in 2017, limiting him to 105 games and preventing him from playing in the playoffs.
The 36-year-old, who played his collegiate baseball at Arizona State, was originally selected by Boston in the second round of the 2004 MLB Draft.
He made his big-league debut in 2006, managing just 17 hits across 98 trips to the dish. The following season, Pedroia became a full-time starter for the Red Sox, slashing .317/.380/.442 with eight long balls and 50 RBI through 581 plate appearances, winning the Rookie of the Year award and helping Boston win the World Series in the process.
Pedroia then had the best season of his career in 2008, slashing .326/.376/.493 with 17 dingers, 54 doubles and 83 RBI over 726 trips to the dish en route to an All-Star appearance and AL MVP honors.
Overall, Pedroia has earned four All-Star selections.