If you are any bit of a diehard Red Sox fan, you can’t help but have a soft spot for Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia has been battling back for almost a full season from a knee injury. But, Pedroia is now going back to the injured list.
The #RedSox will place 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day injured list with left knee irritation, effective today.
To fill Pedroia’s spot on the active 25-man roster, the club will recall RHP Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 19, 2019
I may be in the minority here, but I think it is time for Dustin Pedroia to retire.
He Has Three World Series Rings
The winning a World Series card has already been played. Dustin Pedroia has been a part of the 2007, 2013, and 2018 World Series winning teams. It is not like Pedroia is still searching for his first World Series ring. He has been a winner before, which includes winning an MVP award in 2008. There is nothing left that he can win to make his career more impressive than it already is on paper.
You Have Michael Chavis In The Minor Leagues
Cora says Michael Chavis "needs a little more work at second base…We’re having communications with our guys down there, you start asking how he’s doing at second. He hasn't’ played that much. There’s a few plays he needs to get better at…
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) April 18, 2019
Obviously, Michael Chavis is an option to replace Pedroia. According to the tweet above, Alex Cora thinks Chavis needs just a little bit more work before he is Major League ready. But, he is another option if you want to get some more youth in the lineup.
Pedroia Is In And Out Of The Lineup
He has played in 9 games in the past 2 seasons. He played 3 games in 2018 before getting knee surgery. He has played only 6 games this season before getting irritation in the knee again. It is hard to still hold out hope for Pedroia, considering that he can’t stay healthy.
I love Pedroia, but his better days are behind him. He is still very good at second base, but he can’t stay healthy. Ride off into the sunset and call it a career Dustin. Thanks for the memories, but it is time to move on!
-Alan Nahigian (@BigAl2793)