Boston, MA– Let's be clear: I do not think that it's time for Dustin Pedroia to retire yet. The three-time World Series champion, former Rookie of the Year, and MVP has shown enough grit, loyalty, and leadership that he should be able to do whatever he wants as a member of the Boston Red Sox and the MLB. If he believes he can still play, then he should follow that passion. However, the question has to be posed, because the unfortunate has happened once again.
The Red Sox just placed Eduardo Nunez on the Injured List with a back strain after they did the same for Pedroia who is suffering from knee irritation once again. To fill the empty roster spots left by the vacant second base position (Nunez, Pedroia, and Brock Holt are all on the IL), Boston called up Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis from Triple-A Pawtucket.
This latest flare-up of knee pain is yet another consequence of the infamous Manny Machado slide into Pedroia that has left his knee ailing ever since. A testament to the Laser Show's ability, he still hit at the .300 mark back in 2017, but was clearly hobbled by the pain. In 2018, he played just four games. He was rearing to go in 2019 all off-season, but now, batting .100 with just one RBI, Pedroia is hurt once again. Some fans' gut reaction has been that Pedroia should hang it up because his knee just is not cooperating. However, the Red Sox did say he avoided any serious injury and that he is expected to return soon. Then again, that's what they said last season, too.
Time will tell if Pedroia returns from the ten day injured list in any meaningful capacity, but it really is disheartening to see one of the game's best players riddled with injuries like this. He's just never going to stop hustling, and it might be to his detriment. If Pedroia does retire, he will be a Red Sox team member for life, and hopefully would always be a part of the organization as a coach or adviser or whatever he wants to be. But I'm hoping these musings on retirement are just precautionary, and that he's going to stick it out this season and prove why he's the Laser Show.
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