Pedroia to miss 2018 start for Red Sox after surgery

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Boston Red Sox second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, successfully underwent knee surgery on his left knee today. In a press release, the Red Sox said that "it is anticipated Pedroia would return to games in approximately seven months".

The Red Sox described the surgery, performed in NY, as "cartilage restoration".

That would mean Pedroia would miss about a month of next year's campaign.

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Without Pedroia, utilityman Brock Holt would be the sensible in-house fill-in next year.

Pedroia hoped he had fixed his left knee last offseason when he had surgery to fix a torn meniscus. Pedroia will always be a legendary second baseman that helped Boston win two World Series championships, but it's looking more likely that he's nearing the end of an incredible era in Red Sox history. He also had a rather underwhelming season overall, registering a slash line of.293/.369/.392 with seven home runs, 19 doubles and 62 RBIs over 463 plate appearances. He's the fourth member of the Red Sox to undergo surgery this offseason, joining first baseman/DH Hanley Ramirez, starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and reliever Robby Scott.