Red Sox’s Pedroia to return to Boston after setback

Field Level Media

May 12, 2019 at 6:51 pm.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was scheduled to return to Boston on Sunday night after he was scratched from the lineup before a rehab game Saturday at Double-A Portland.

Saturday’s game was supposed to be the first of three consecutive games for the veteran as he works through issues with his troublesome left knee. Portland’s game Sunday was rained out, with Red Sox manager Alex Cora saying Pedroia will now return to Boston.

“We will see him (Monday) and then we’ll go from there,” Cora told reporters Sunday. “I talked to him this morning. He doesn’t feel it’s something major. He’s being smart about it. He’s not going to take chances at this point.”

Pedroia played six games with the Red Sox this season and was 2-for-20 after playing just three games last year and 105 in 2017. He had already played in five rehab games at Portland from May 2-9, collecting four hits in 16 at-bats.

The former rookie of the year and MVP is a .299 career hitter with 140 home runs and 725 RBI over 14 seasons, all with the Red Sox.