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Dustin Pedroia suffers significant setback with knee

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s road to recovery took another unfortunate turn this week, as Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe said on Monday that Pedroia has suffered a significant setback with his left knee.

Abraham notes that Pedroia’s availability for spring training is questionable and that the veteran is discussing his options with the team, his family and his agents.

Pedroia first began experiencing issues with his knee in 2017 and ultimately underwent surgery that ensuing offseason.

Since then, Pedroia has played in a grand total of nine games, and this past August, he underwent another procedure on the same knee.

At 36 year old, you have to wonder if the Red Sox legend will ever step on a diamond as a player again.

Pedroia, 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, playing in 31 games and slashing .191/.258/.303. The following year, Pedroia began to flash his vast potential, registering a slash line of .317/.380/.442 with eight home runs and 50 RBI over 581 plate appearances, taking home AL Rookie of the Year honors and helping the Red Sox win the World Series in the process.

The Woodland, Ca. native then put together a monster 2008 campaign, slashing .326/.376/.493 with 17 dingers, 54 doubles and 83 RBI across 726 trips to the dish, earning his first All-Star selection and winning the AL MVP award.

Pedroia made three straight All-Star appearances between 2008 and 2010 and made a fourth All-Star team in 2013, helping Boston win another World Series title that year.

However, over the last five years, Pedroia has played in just 93, 154, 105, three and six games, respectively.

He owns a career slash line of .299/.365/.439.