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Red Sox ´not anticipating´ Pedroia´s return this season

August 1 2018 1:20 AM

Dustin Pedroia may not return to the Boston Red Sox line-up in 2018, according to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Pedroia – a four-time MLB All-Star, two-time World Series champion and 2008 American League MVP – has been limited to just three games this season because of inflammation in his left knee.

Dombrowski told reporters on Tuesday that the 34-year-old second baseman may "come back in September but there are no assurances".

"I can't say I don't expect [Pedroia to return] but we're not anticipating it," Dombrowski said.

The Red Sox acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler on Monday in exchange for pitching prospects Williams Jerez and Ty Buttrey.

Dombrowski said team officials called Pedroia – a four-time Gold Glove Award winner and Silver Slugger – after the trade.

"He wasn't caught off guard," Dombrowski said. "He doesn't need pressure to return. If he does, we will happily deal with it when it happens."

Pedroia has spent all 13 of his MLB seasons with the Red Sox.

Boston entered play on Tuesday with an MLB-best 75-33 record.

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