Pedroia likely to get season-ending surgery
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As if things couldn’t get any worse for the tough-luck Red Sox, they suffered a major blow when it was announced that Dustin Pedroia might miss the remainder of the season due to a sore wrist. The original diagnosis was that Pedey would take a few days off and recover in the offseason, well a recent report has changed all that.
Manager John Farrell announced that Pedroia will undergo wrist surgery, thus ending his 2014 season. Coincidentally this comes at the very same moment they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. While Farrell maintains that it is nothing definitive, it is very likely that Pedroia will be put on the shelf for 2015.
There are a few bright spots to this though, one is that the surgery will not impact Pedroia’s offseason regiment all that much as a quick recovery is expected (there being a month left in the season definitely helps too). Also, for those wondering why his numbers took a nosedive this past season, this very well could be the reason why.
A career .299 hitter, Pedroia hit at a .278/.337/.376 clip with seven homers (well down from his average of 15-20 per year) giving Sox fans everywhere a cause for concern given the mega-contract he signed with the Sox that runs through 2021. Should Pedroia be in a steady decline now, then the Sox would be in huge trouble down the road with six years left on his deal. Should this season be an injury-rattled aberration then there is good reason to hope for a strong recovery in 2015 and a return to his old laser-show form.
It has been a rough season for everyone, but given a productive offseason and a change of pace there’s no reason the Sox can’t get back at it again next year. Best of luck to Pedroia for his procedure and recovery, we look forward to seeing him back in action come spring.