The Red Sox will be without the services of Dustin Pedroia in Thursday night’s game against the Yankees, as according to Pete Abraham the second baseman will be returning to Boston to have his knee examined. If the results aren’t favorable, Pedroia has indicated that he could need surgery that would sideline him for at least a month.
Team officials have been quick to respond to the small ensuing media frenzy, saying that Pedroia overplayed the likelihood of surgery and that the team is just being cautious. While the injured knee is the same one which gave Pedroia difficulties in 2010, this injury is apparently a new one from a game against the Orioles back in May 16.
The injury may have been re-aggravated in the process of turning a double play in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 11-6 win over the New York Yankees. Francisco Cervelli slid in attempting to break the play up, forcing Pedroia to make a jump throw to first, coming down hard afterwards.