It was winter when we all heard the unfortunate news. Dustin Pedroia was getting surgery. We all knew he was going to be out for a while, so it was no surprise he didn’t play a game in spring training or start the regular season on the roster, even though he was itching to.
Pedroia Is Shipping up to Boston
Pedroia said he was ready to start by Opening Day, but Cora and the team kept it safe. He stuck around the team for the first several weeks before going on a rehab assignment to get ready to come back. Although it’s hard to see Pedroia sidelined, it’s nice to see him give pointers to the younger guys. He has a big and respected presence in that clubhouse. As Brock Holt has said before, Pedroia is one of those guys where if he starts talking, everyone shuts up and listens.
Pedey has one of the highest baseball IQ’s you’ll ever see. However, there really is only so much you can do when you’re not able to play. But the time has finally come. Dustin Pedroia has finally been activated today.
As this Red Sox team has been so far, one of the weaknesses has been at second base. Eduardo Nunez was the guy to fill the void for the time Pedey was out. He has not been good to say the least. Nunez playing defense at second is very hard to watch, and he’s slashing .249/.267/.370 at the plate with a .622 OPS. Nunez is a good option if you need a backup, but he has continued to show that he’s not a regular starter.
Back in Action
Pedroia is someone where if he‘s knocked out and has to miss time at his position, you’ll notice. There aren’t too many infielders who get it done like Pedey does. It’s incredible to watch the plays he’s able to make to steal hits night in and night out. It’s also certainly something you can’t take for granted, as we’ve seen what happens when he does have to miss time. And for those who didn’t know, this guy can hit too. He’s a career .300 hitter with a .366 On Base Percentage to go along with that. Not too shabby. Dustin Pedroia is someone you can rely on every single night to give it his all, and do what he can to help the Red Sox win. And this is what he’s been doing since the day he was brought up. This man eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball. The 2018 Red Sox, a team that currently have the most wins in baseball are only going to get better now as they are getting their heart and soul of the team back. Watch out MLB, the 2018 Red Sox are officially assembled.