Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed back on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with the left knee inflammation that had sidelined him for the previous two games.
The move is retroactive to Wednesday, and left-hander Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Pedroia’s roster spot. It is Pedroia’s second trip to the DL this month – he was activated on Tuesday after spending 10 days on the DL due to the sore knee and served as the designated hitter, going 0-for-4 at Tampa Bay – before sitting out Wednesday and Friday games.
Pedroia had surgery on the knee at the end of last season, and began experiencing pain again after colliding with Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado on April 21.
“Our goal was to get him some at-bats before this series,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell, per MLB.com. “He’s shown that there’s been a little bit of a pushback in terms of the reaction to it. Some swelling, some inflammation, so we’re holding him out today.”
Hot-hitting Eduardo Perez will continue to fill in for Pedroia at second base. Acquired from the San Francisco Giants on July 25, Perez is batting .407 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 12 games with the Red Sox.
Boston is confident Pedroia will return this season.
“But we’ve got to continue to get some work done to get back to where he feels he’s able to endure day to day, and we’re not quite there yet,” said Farrell. “We know he’s dealing with a cartilage issue. More importantly for Pedey is to get as much information to him as we can, to just allow him to get his arms around this further.”