Pedroia has knee surgery, will miss start of season

Dustin Pedroia to miss start of 2018 season after knee surgery

Dustin Pedroia to miss start of 2018 season after knee surgery

The Red Sox stalwart second baseman, a fringe Hall of Fame candidate, will miss at least the first couple months of play next year after undergoing left knee surgery Wednesday.

The procedure was performed by Dr.

The Red Sox said Pedroia is expected to return to games in approximately seven months.

Without Pedroia, utilityman Brock Holt would be the sensible in-house fill-in next year.

Pedroia, 34, had surgery on the same knee last off-season, but was ready for the regular season. The surgery was done with hopes to fix a left knee injury that bothering the former MVP second baseman for most of the year.

Pedroia hit.293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs after being limited to 105 games in 2017, his 11th season with the Red Sox. Pedroia will always be a legendary second baseman that helped Boston win two World Series championships, but it's looking more likely that he's nearing the end of an incredible era in Red Sox history.

The veteran leader played through the pain as much as he could, but was on the disabled list twice after the All-Star break and played just one game between July 29-Aug. 31.

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