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Dustin Pedroia heads back to disabled list

Rob Bradford
August 12, 2017 - 11:27 am

Dustin Pedroia's knee is not cooperating.

Just five days after coming off the 10-day disabled list due to left knee issues, the Red Sox second baseman is headed back to the D.L. Taking Pedroia's place on the 25-man roster is lefty reliever Robby Scott.

Pedroia played in just one game since returning from the disabled list, serving as the designated hitter in Tuesday's game against the Rays. But after testing his knee the following day, it was determined that he wasn't fit to return to the lineup. And when the knee didn't respond to treatment during Thursday's off day or Friday, it was determined that another stint on the D.L. would be needed.

Pedroia remains the Red Sox leading hitter, totaling a .303 batting average and .378 on-base percentage. In 28 games since June 26 he has hit .336, while carrying the second-best fielding percentage among second basemen (.997) this season.

Prior to Friday night's game Red Sox manager John Farrell suggested this course of action was a distinct possibility, with Pedroia having recently consulted Dr. Andreas Gomoll back in Boston.

"His knee has flared up on him," Farrell told reporters in New York. "We had every intention after a full work day back in Boston where he was cleared and going through some aggressive defensive work, BP was uninhibited, after the four at-bats  the other night in Tampa, our goal was to get him some at-bats before this series. He’s shown that there’s been a little bit of a pushback in terms of the reaction to it. Some swelling, some inflammation, we’re holding him out [Friday]."

Scott made three scoreless appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket since his most recent demotion.




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