Alex Cora provides update on Dustin Pedroia following being scratched Saturday

Ryan Hannable
May 12, 2019 - 12:21 pm

When Dustin Pedroia was scratched with minor knee soreness in Double-A Portland Saturday night, many expected the worse. 

But, following an update from Alex Cora Sunday morning, maybe things aren't as bad as they may seem.

Pedroia was even going to play Sunday, but Portland was rained out.

“He was just sore," Cora said. "He was going to play today, but they just got rained out. Most likely, he will fly in today, tonight. We’ll see him tomorrow and then we’ll go from there. I talked to him this morning. He doesn’t feel it’s something major. He’s being smart about it. He’s not going to take chances at this point.”

After being off Friday, Pedroia was expected to play three straight days beginning Saturday, which is why being scratched surprised Cora a bit.

“I was surprised, honestly," he said. "I was on my way to the house and I got a text from Brad [Pearson]. I was surprised. I talked to Pedey. He texted me and I talked to him this morning. He’s on board with [being] smart. Hopefully it’s nothing. Hopefully it’s the brace, that it’s too tight or something. I don’t know. We’ll find out tomorrow.”

If everything checks out fine, Pedroia will return to Double-A Portland and continue his rehab.

Pedroia was placed the injured list April 18 because of left knee inflammation. It's been a long rehab for Pedroia as he's played in just nine games with the Red Sox since the start of the 2018 season after undergoing a left knee cartilage restoration procedure following the 2017 season and then another surgery last July.

In five games with Portland, he's 4-for-16.

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