FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will not arrive to spring training when position players are required to report to camp Monday, interim manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday.
“He’s still sore,” Roenicke said. “The [left] knee is still sore. The setback is still there. He won’t be here Monday. He’s going to try to evaluate what happens here. He’s going to continue to talk to the people in Arizona and [head trainer] Brad [Pearson] to figure out what the next step is and where he goes from it.”
News of Pedroia’s latest setback in his comeback attempt from his left knee injury emerged in late January. Over the past two seasons, he has played just nine games, collecting three hits in 34 plate appearances.
The fan favorite initially suffered the knee injury in 2017, when he collided with Baltimore’s Manny Machado on a slide at second base. Pedroia last played a game on April 17, 2019.
Over the past several years, he has had multiple surgeries. In October 2017, Pedroia had a cartilage restoration procedure. That was followed by scar tissue removal in July 2018. This past August, Pedroia underwent knee joint preservation surgery, an alternative to…