FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Spring training games begin Friday, but Dustin Pedroia's 2019 debut is going to have to wait. The Red Sox want to hold Pedroia out for a while as a precaution for subjecting him to game action.
Pedroia underwent major surgery on his left knee in November of 2017, then underwent a follow-up procedure last August. He took part in just three games last season.
"I'm not campaigning,'' said Pedroia. "I'm trying to come back -- whatever it is, it is. I haven't missed anything, so that's good news. We have it all mapped out. That could change, based on stuff. There's not one way to do it. We're taking it one step at a time and if we have to adjust things, then we'll do that.
"Obviously, I want to play and get back into the rhythm. But I've played a lot of games. I understand the speed of the game and what it takes to play, so I'm not worried about that. Our concern is, physically, we want to make sure, 'My knee's OK,' because if my knee's OK, I'll be fine. That's what I do -- I play baseball.''
Manager Alex Cora has been keeping a close eye on Pedroia in workouts.