Don’t count on Dustin Pedroia making a miraculous return once baseball’s coronavirus-induced suspension finally ends.
The Red Sox great, whose left knee has ailed him since Manny Machado famously slid into it with his spikes in 2017, isn’t “at a point where he’s thinking to be ready to come back and join us,” interim manager Ron Roenicke told reporters this past week.
The 36-year-old Pedroia has played in just nine games over the past two seasons due to his troublesome knee, and suffered another significant setback while rehabbing in January.
Pedroia didn’t participate in spring training and was said to be weighing his options, which likely included retirement, when baseball suspended operations on March 12 due to the pandemic.
The Red Sox haven’t had much luck at second base without Pedroia, leading them to sign Jose Peraza this offseason. The 25-year-old Peraza hit .239/.346./631 in 141 games with the Cincinnati Reds last season.
Pedroia, the 2008 MVP, has won two World Series with the Sox but was inactive for the 2018 title. He has made more than $103 million in 15 seasons with Boston, and is slated to earn $13 million annually through the 2022 season.