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Dustin Pedroia officially shut down for season by Red Sox, who reveal he underwent an additional surgery

John Tomase
September 07, 2018 - 4:52 pm

The Red Sox made official on Friday what everyone has long suspected: Dustin Pedroia's season is over.

The All-Star second baseman, limited to three games by offseason knee surgery, met with manager Alex Cora on Thursday and player and team agreed that Pedroia's best course of action would be to focus his energy on returning healthy in 2019.

"He understands where he's at," Cora said.

Cora also revealed that Pedroia underwent a follow-up arthroscopic procedure at the end of July to clean up scar tissue in his knee. Cora said he emerged from that surgery feeling much better, but it was too late in the season to reach a point where he could return.

"We ran out of time," Cora said.

Pedroia underwent cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee last October. He was expected to return by Memorial Day and actually debuted on May 26. He started two games against the Braves, took a day off, and played against the Blue Jays before returning to the disabled list with soreness. He went 1-for-11 with two walks and a run.

Cora said he expects Pedroia to be healthy for spring training.

"Looking at the big picture, it's the right thing to do," Pedroia said. "I'll be ready (for next year), 100 percent."