Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee yesterday, per a club announcement. Specifically, club orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis performed a “partial medial meniscectomy and chondroplasty.”
Pedroia was playing with damage in his left meniscus, with an injury suffered about a month ago during a series in Toronto, per Peter Abraham of the Boston Glove (via Twitter). The procedure involves the removal of all or, in this case, part of that portion of the knee, and presumably was performed in hopes of limiting discomfort going forward. The team says that it expects Pedroia to be fully healthy for Spring Training early next year.
The veteran obviously was able to play through the pain down the stretch and into the postseason. He ended with a highly productive .318/.376/.449 batting line with 15 home runs and seven stolen bases. With quality glovework mixed in, more than offsetting the tepid reviews of his baserunning, both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference credited him with over five wins above replacement for the first time since 2013 — which was also the last time he topped 150 games played.
Looking forward, Boston owes Pedroia a reasonable $71MM over the next five years under the extension he signed in July of 2013. Though he recently turned 33, Pedroia continues to deliver impeccable plate discipline with a high batting average on balls in play and near-league-average pop. And after a slight dip in his defensive metrics in 2015, he’s back to receiving top marks from both UZR and DRS at second base.