Dustin Pedroia has knee surgery, expected to be out seven months

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Pedroia underwent surgery to fix cartilage in his left knee Wednesday, and will likely be out until the end of May in the 2018 season, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY.

Pedroia made two trips to the disabled list (29 days combined) during 2017 because of left knee inflammation. Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox president of baseball operations, said of the injury, "He has a bad knee that he's going to have to watch and we're going to have to watch for the rest of his career". He's owed $56 million on a contract that runs through 2021.

From the start of '17, Pedroia's knee was a constant issue.

The longtime Yankee rival was limited to just 105 games, including only 98 games at second base.

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Pedroia first broke in with the Red Sox in 2006, playing in only 31 games.

The second baseman is anticipated to return to games in approximately seven months.

Pedroia's left knee was operated on at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery, by Dr. Despite that obligation, the Sox will likely need to find an infielder this offseason. Marco Hernandez is expected to be ready to play after missing most of this season due to shoulder surgery. Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin also are under club control for next season.