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Dustin Pedroia pondering baseball future after ‘significant’ injury setback


Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had what the team called a “significant setback” while rehabbing his left knee, the latest blow to the four-time all-star’s attempt to return to the field.

Team spokesman Kevin Gregg confirmed the development Tuesday, which was first reported by The Boston Globe. It has left Pedroia’s status for spring training uncertain. The Globe reported that he was meeting with his family, team and agents to decide his future.

The 2008 American League MVP, the 36-year-old has been struggling since Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid into the surgically repaired knee at second base on April 21, 2017. Pedroia had surgery that Oct. 25, followed by a procedure to remove scar tissue the following July 20. He had another operation last Aug. 6 to remove bone spurs and preserve the knee joint.

A four-time all-star, Pedroia has been limited to nine games over the past two seasons, three in May 2018 and six last April.

Pedroia’s contract includes salaries of $13 million US this season and $12 million in 2021, and he counts $13,281,250 toward Boston’s luxury tax payroll.

Even before this latest setback the team had already been planning for the likelihood that Pedroia wouldn’t be ready in time for the start to this season.

In December, Boston signed infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth $2.85 million. Peraza spent the last four years in Cincinnati, batting .273 with 28 homers and 154 runs batted in.

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