Here we go again. After months of little activity, Red Sox infielder Adalberto Mondesi appeared to finally be making progress in his recovery from left knee surgery.
That is, until Wednesday, when this saga took yet another turn in the wrong direction.
Alex Cora told reporters ahead of facing the Nationals that Mondesi has been shut down from baseball activities once again. It seems he’s somehow hit another snag that will sideline him for an unpredictable amount of time.
At this point, we’re not surprised, nor are we that disappointed. Boston hasn’t had the veteran infielder active for any games this entire season, so it’s hard to say what the club is missing while he’s on the shelf.
In theory, Mondesi could provide some nice IF depth and a legit speed demon on the base paths. He’s only played more than 75 games in a season once, however, and his high is just 102 in his career. That screams unreliable, which is certainly not what this roller coaster of a squad needs.
With Trevor Story making it back before even Mondesi did, the latter’s value is diminished further. After all, the main point of adding Mondesi was to help fill that hole.
There’s also no telling what the former Royal would look like post-ACL surgery, either. There’s a good chance his speed, which is his greatest attribute, simply isn’t the same.
Following this news, we can at least put this topic to rest. There’s a higher likelihood of pigs flying than Modesi returning in 2023. Now Boston can prepare for the stretch run without holding out hope for the infielder’s late arrival.
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