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McAdam: On Dustin Pedroia’s latest setback and other Red Sox thoughts

The Red Sox are in-between series Monday before hosting Colorado for a two-game interleague series Thursday.

In the meantime, here are three thoughts on the team

1. Dustin Pedroia's rehab assignment halted

Pedroia was supposed to be in the middle of playing three games in a row for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. Instead, Pedroia had his assignment ended by the Red Sox Monday afternoon.

When Pedroia spoke with manager Alex Cora Sunday morning, Pedroia told the manager that he was ready and able to play Sunday afternoon, but that was washed away by rain in Trenton. Pedroia then returned to Boston Sunday night and was examined Monday morning by the Red Sox medical staff.

One baseball source indicated that the move was not necessarily linked to any major concern over Pedroia's knee, but more tied to timing. Pedroia had already burned through 12 days of the 20 days allotted for position player rehab assignments, and with some scheduled off-days and Sunday's rainout, he had already lost valuable time.

Recalling him from his assignment and giving him recovery time will enable the Sox and Pedroia to restart the clock on a fresh 20-day assignment as early as later this week.

But the fact that Pedroia was unable to play a third game in the span of four days is hardly encouraging.

At some point -- maybe soon -- Pedroia may have to face facts and acknowledge his baseball mortality.

Here are the cold numbers: