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Mar 29, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Dustin Pedroia’s improbable hopes of returning to a baseball diamond for the Boston Red Sox took a big hit on Tuesday, as the 36-year-old reportedly suffered a ‘significant setback’ with his long-ailing left knee, according to multiple reports.

According to the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham, Pedroia’s status for spring training is now “questionable.” Abraham also noted that Pedroia will discuss his options with his family, his representatives, and the Red Sox.

It’s just the latest blow in what’s become a multi-year ordeal for the former Red Sox staple, who has played in just nine games since the start of the 2018 season, and was in action for just six contests in 2019.

Speaking with reporters at his season-ending press conference last May, Pedroia was honest and indicated that he was unsure if he was ever going to play baseball again. But the Red Sox seemed rather optimistic shortly after the conclusion of the 2019 season, with Chaim Bloom saying that Pedroia was “feeling good” and was planning on playing.

Pedroia, a four-time All-Star and the American League MVP back in 2008, has two more years on his contract with Boston.

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