Pedroia Back On the IL: Did the Red Sox Rush Him Back Too Fast?

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Dustin Pedroia was placed back on the Injured List on Thursday after he left the game Wednesday night against the New York Yankees.  Pedroia left the game after he popped out to right field in the team's 5-3 loss. 

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The 35-year old veteran said he “felt a pop” in his left knee and went to Red Sox manager Alex Cora immediately after his at bat.  Pedroia would leave the stadium and stay in New York for further testing. 

Big Savings for Big Fans at Fanatics.com"He felt a pop I think he said yesterday," said Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski of his second baseman.  “As we know, the knee is never going to be 100 percent. It’s amazing that any player can play with what he’s gone through."

The Red Sox and fans alike immediately feared the worst for Pedroia, even some media outlets wondering if it was time for Pedoria to call it a career.  The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham had a positive update earlier in the day on Thursday about Pedroia, saying "Initial tests showed that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia did not sustain a serious injury to his left knee on Wednesday night, a major league source told the Globe.  Pedroia, who was examined in New York, is expected to rejoin the team in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday.  It has not been determined if he will go on the injured list."

That all changed when WEEI’s Rob Bradford tweeted the Red Sox would place Pedroia on the IL and call-up relieve Marcus Walden to replace him on the 25-man roster.  The club is calling it left knee irritation that will sideline Pedroia. 

Now, with this latest stint to the IL and another potential injury to his surgically repaired knee, is it time for Pedoria to call it a career and retire from the game of baseball? 

This season Pedroia made four starts at second base and two as a designated hitter, going 2-for-20 (.100) with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  He only played in seven spring training games and three games during a minor league rehab stint prior to his call up to the Red Sox 25-man roster.  Pedroia has played in just nine games combined over the last two seasons and has hit over .300 just once since the 2013 season.

The Red Sox may have rushed him back with the little amount of time he had with spring training and the rehab assignment.  The team had the option to leave him on his rehab assignment for 30-days.  That second guessing and Monday Morning Quarterbacking can be looked at later. 

Pedoria is now in his 14th season with the Red Sox, the three-time World Series champion, but the fact of the matter is; it’s time for Pedoria to hang up his cleats and get a Big Papi send off.  The Dustin Pedroia we are seeing, the Dustin Pedroia of the last few years, is not the Pedroia Red Sox Nation is accustomed to.  He was not ready to play everyday, let alone the 120 games the Red Sox thought he could play in this season. 

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I am unsure what is happening on Yawkey Way right now.  The Red Sox made a puzzling move by DFA’ing Blake Swihart on Tuesday, which was a complete mismanagement of the player and their asset.  Can we start to question whether Dombrowski and the Red Sox mismanaged Pedroia in his rehab and comeback attempt? 

Whatever is next in the career of Dustin Pedroia, I think I can speak for many of the Red Sox Nation.  We want what’s best for him and the team.  At least for now, the Red Sox can focus on the roster and maximizing it’s roster spots with Pedroia on the IL. 

It feels like from the fan perspective there is a lot of mismanagement going on at Fenway Park.  Dombrowski and Cora need to get back to the drawing board, ego’s aside, forget last year and look at the here and now.  The team is in last place and it doesn’t feel like they have a plan. 



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