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Red Sox injuries: Updates on Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Nunez, Dustin Pedroia

Rob Bradford
October 10, 2017 - 8:18 am

Now that the Red Sox' season is over, we will start hearing details about injuries we knew about, and some we didn't. One which was revealed after the Sox' season-ending, Game 4 loss to the Astros was Mitch Moreland's knee issue.

While it was known that Moreland battled through a broken toe for much of the season, the first baseman told Monday night that trying to manage the ailment most likely led to a knee problem.

"It kind of fed into my knee a little bit, so I have to get that checked on and we'll go from there," he said. "I was able to fight through it. I made it, and now we have the offseason to take care of it."

Asked if he thought the injury would lead to offseason surgery, Moreland said, "I don't know. We're going to check it out [Tuesday] ... We'll see what comes up from it. We haven't even done anything on it yet other than get treatment on it and get me between the lines every day."

Despite the broken toe and the knee injury, Moreland ended up playing in 149 regular season games, hitting .246 with a .769 OPS and 22 home runs. He went 5-for-13 in the ALDS (.385) with two doubles.

"I expect myself to do that. I don't think it's something that is out of the ordinary," said Moreland of battling through his injuries.

As for if the toe ultimately paved the way for the knee injury, the free agent-to-be said, "You kind of expect stuff like that to happen when you're battling through stuff. You're going to have some weird things come up when you try and compensate. It's not really unexpected. There are other guys who been fighting through stuff this year. That's what this team does, we fought until the last out.

"I wanted to win. That's it."

- Eduardo Nunez, who was forced from Game 1 after succumbing to his knee injury while running out a first-inning ground ball, told after the Monday loss that tests revealed no further damage in his knee and he would not need surgery. Nunez, who also will be eligible for free agency, also admitted that he came back too early when attempting to serve as a designated hitter in Houston.

- Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to meet with the medical staff Tuesday to determine if surgery is the best option for his ailing right knee. If he does undergo a procedure, it appears it might be something that possibly sidelines him for a stretch of 2018.

"I'm going to go talk to the doctors about that," Pedroia said. "Obviously we had to try and find a way to do what we did so I could be out there. But if you were to get it fixed, the recovery is a long time, so I have a lot of things to weigh in with the doctors and figure it out."