Boston Red Sox leader Dustin Pedroia placed on 10-day disabled list

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Dustin Pedroia
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Dustin Pedroia /

Boston Red Sox second baseman, Dustin Pedroia goes down with a left knee injury and will miss some time on the field as Boston remains 0.5 a game from 1st in the American League East.

The Boston Red Sox have placed second baseman, Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list due to left knee inflammation.

There have been reports early this week, indicating that the Red Sox would elect to place Pedroia on the disabled list sometime soon.

Pedroia had met with medical specialists today to evaluate the injury.

How this hurts the Red Sox

This injury does a number on Boston’s push to getting back atop the American League East, no question.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 9: Dustin Pedroia
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 9: Dustin Pedroia /

Dustin Pedroia was one of the Sox hottest hitters lately and is the team leader in batting average at .307 this season. He also has 6 home runs, 54 RBIs, and 17 doubles on the year.

Pedroia has also played phenomenal defense this year, recording just 1 error in 328 chances, to rack up a .997 fielding percentage.

Positive Side

However while this is a major loss to Boston’s lineup, it opens up more playing time for rookie, Rafael Devers and recently acquired infielder, Eduardo Nunez.

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Both have two of the Sox most hottest hitters in the lineup as of late while playing remarkable defense.

Since being acquired from the Giants, Nunez is simply tearing it up at the plate with a .471 batting average ( season average) with a pair of home runs and 5 RBIs in a span of just 3 games for the Red Sox.

As for Devers, he’s also been swinging a hot bat since being promoted. Devers is 24-27 with a .417 batting average along with 2 home runs as well and 4 RBIs.

Not to mention a notable performance last night where Devers went 4-4, making him the first 20-year old to do so for the Red Sox since Tony Conigliaro did so twice in the 1964-65 season.

The Red Sox and Indians play game 2 of the 3-game series tonight.

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Boston’s Ace, Chris Sale will take the hill, seeking his 14th win of the season.  The Indians will pitch RHP, Carlos Carrasco.