Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Dustin Pedroia is set to undergo more testing on his surgically-repaired knee in Boston on Monday after suffering yet another setback over the weekend on his minor league rehab assignment.

Pedroia took himself out of Friday’s night game in Double-A Portland after four innings when his knee acted up. He was set to return to the lineup Saturday, but was scratched before the game.

Earlier this month, Pedroia was forced to halt his first rehab assignment after feeling discomfort in his knee. The Red Sox kept him sidelined for five days before restarting his rehab.

“It’s another red flag,” manager Alex Cora said of Pedroia’s latest knee discomfort. “He’s not going to push it. He’s not going to make it worse.”

Pedroia has appeared in just nine games for the Red Sox dating back to the beginning of the 2018 season. He has struggled to stay on the field after undergoing cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee following the 2017 campaign.

The 35-year-old second baseman has been on the injured list since April 17 with what the team terms as “left knee irritation.”

The Red Sox are paying Pedroia $15 million this season, and owe him $13 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021 as part of the eight-year, $110 million contract extension he signed in 2013.

Sean McAdam of The Boston Sports Journal reported in February that the Red Sox did not take out insurance on Pedroia’s contract.

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