Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia won’t be with team on opening day

first_imgRed Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who missed virtually all of the 2018 season with a left knee problem that required surgery, won’t be with the team on opening day, manager Alex Cora said Monday.”No setbacks, nothing out of the ordinary,” Cora said (via, “We just feel like we need more time to do the back-to-backs, more innings. … There’s not really a target date. The target date will be when he shows up and we’re comfortable where he’s at with the workload.” Though the Red Sox won the World Series without Pedroia last season, the trio of Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez and the departed Ian Kinsler slashed .252/.308/.350 with eight homers (and 61 RBIs) in his absence.Those numbers are well below a healthy Pedroia’s career averages of .300/.366/.440 and 11 home runs and don’t take into account Pedroia’s veteran presence, a major asset. Here is Cora talking Pedroia plan— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) March 18, 2019Pedroia, 35, had three plate appearances and played five innings in the field Saturday in spring training action and is scheduled to play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week, Cora said. He also will travel to Chicago for a pair of exhibition games against the Cubs early next week. But then Pedroia will return to the team’s training camp in Fort Myers, Florida, instead of heading to Seattle for the Red Sox’s opening day game March 28 against the Mariners.A career .300 hitter, the veteran batted .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in 105 games in an injury-limited 2017 and then missed all but three games in 2018 with the bad knee and subsequent surgery. Related News In four games this spring, he is 2-for-7 with a run.”He looks actually very good,” Cora said, describing Pedroia’s delayed start to the MLB season as erring on the side of caution. Yankees CF Aaron Hicks has back injury, will miss opening serieslast_img

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