The Red Sox placed the second baseman on the DL Saturday with left knee inflammation, an issue he’s been battling since knee surgery last winter.
The move was made retroactive to Wednesday.
For the 33-year-old Pedroia, this is his third time in the disabled list this season and the second time for his knee since July 29. Pedroia was 0-for-4 as a DH Tuesday against the Rays in his only game since coming off a 10-day stay on the DL.
Pedroia didn’t play Wednesday or Friday and Thursday was an off-day. This is arguably the biggest series of the season and the guy who leads all qualified hitters on the team in batting average isn’t ready to play? How long he’ll be sidelined this time remains to be seen, although I would expect it will be more than the minimum 10 days.
Pedroia had cartilage surgery on his knee last October 12.
Pedroi’s DL stint retroactively started August 9, and he might be able to feature in the tail end of the Red Sox-New York Yankees series later this month.
The Red Sox have called up left-handed reliever Robby Scott to take Pedroia’s spot in the bullpen.
Eduardo Nunez started at second Friday and Brock Holt is available, but Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin are candidates to be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, according to the Globe.