Dustin Pedroia Undergoes Left Knee Surgery, Expected To Return In 7 Months

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Wright's procedure also was performed at the same hospital by the same surgeon. The Red Sox say he will return to games in seven months, which would put him back in the lineup in late May.

The Red Sox described the surgery, performed in NY, as "cartilage restoration". They could rely on utility player Brock Holt, re-sign free agent Eduardo Nunez and search elsewhere in the free agent or trade markets.

The Red Sox might also now be more compelled to re-sign utility infielder Eduardo Nunez, who sparked the team after his acquisition in July until a right knee injury on September 9 effectively ended his season.

Pedroia first broke in with the Red Sox in 2006, playing in only 31 games.

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At 34 years old, the veteran admitted that recovery could take "a long time", which means that Pedroia's start to the 2018 season could be delayed.

Pedroia hoped he had fixed his left knee last offseason when he had surgery to fix a torn meniscus.

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.

After weighing his options since the season ended, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went under the knife on Wednesday.