BOSTON -- Prior to Thursday night's series finale versus Minnesota, manager John Farrell announced that Dustin Pedroia would not be in his starting lineup as they continue to monitor the left knee issues that have plagued the Red Sox second baseman.Pedroia received treatment on the knee in the morning and
BOSTON -- Prior to Thursday night's series finale versus Minnesota, manager John Farrell announced that Dustin Pedroia would not be in his starting lineup as they continue to monitor the left knee issues that have plagued the Red Sox second baseman.
Pedroia received treatment on the knee in the morning and afternoon before it was determined that he would be given a day of rest.
"With Pedey, we've got to monitor just how he reacts to some consistent play with the left knee, and try to stay ahead of it as best as possible," Farrell said. "He went through a number of treatments here this morning, as well as early afternoon. We felt it was best to give him a day to try and stay ahead of things."
Pedroia had arthroscopic surgery on the knee last October and missed three games in April after the Orioles' Manny Machado slid into it aggressively to try to break up a double play. On May 25, he was removed from a game versus the Rangers after dealing with pain in the same knee.
The former MVP has played in 61 of Boston's 78 games this season, and is hitting .295 with two home runs.
While his batting average is roughly what most would expect, Pedroia's power numbers are down, and his manager feels the lingering knee issues are playing a role in that aspect of his game.
"I don't know that he's had a consistent base in which to hit from," Farrell said. "I know he's tried to alter things a bit differently. The bat on the ball is still there, but when you don't hit with a consistent, firm base, I think it's going to affect the ability to drive the baseball. We've seen it in short spurts, but as good as he is with making in-game adjustments, based on how he feels, he's been able to accomplish it to a certain extent. That's ongoing."
Tzu-Wei Lin, who was called up from Double-A Portland last week, started at second for the first time* in Pedroia's place *Thursday.
Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Red Sox on Thursday.