Boston Red Sox’ stellar second baseman Dustin Pedroia had to be taken off after colliding with José Abreu in the clash between the Red Sox and the White Sox on Monday. The injury happened very early on in the game, during the first inning, and after careful examination by the medical staff, the decision was made to take him off during the second inning.
There was a rolling heading straight to Abreu, after the White Sox’ pitcher David Holmberg appeared late to make his first base cover. Abreu ran as fast as he could and slid towards the first base bag in order to make the out in time. Pedroia, at the same time, was running towards first base, and the slide caused him to trip and fall down. As soon as he hit the ground, he knew there was something wrong with his wrist.
Josh Rutledge had to take over his team’s second-base duties after Pedroia left the field.
The second baseman had one of the healthiest seasons of his career last year after he managed to stay healthy for over 150 games, and his prolonged time in the field meant an increase in his overall performance, managing to hit 15 home runs for the first time in his career since 2012.
Pedroia’s age and experience have also meant he has earned his manager’s trust and he is now being seen as a leader in the bullpen. He wasn’t short of praise from his manager John Farrell either.
“I don’t want to say it’s de facto or an assumption that Dustin becomes that guy. He’s the elder statesman, the longest-standing player here. He’s been a leader in his own right and will continue to be that.”