Dustin Pedroia Will Miss Part of 2018 Season

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss more than a month of the 2018 season after left knee surgery.

The team announced that Pedroia's anticipated return will be in approximately seven months.

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The 34-year-old USA infielder, twice a World Series champion with the Red Sox, underwent a cartilage restoration procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY.

The procedure for cartilage restoration was performed by Dr. They could rely on utility player Brock Holt, re-sign free agent Eduardo Nunez and search elsewhere in the free agent or trade markets.

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Pedroia also underwent surgery on the same knee last October, that time to fix a torn meniscus.

Pedroia made two trips to the disabled list (29 days combined) during 2017 because of left knee inflammation.

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Pedroia, who played his college baseball at Arizona State University, was originally selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft. He also had a rather underwhelming season overall, registering a slash line of.293/.369/.392 with seven home runs, 19 doubles and 62 RBIs over 463 plate appearances.