HOUSTON — Dustin Pedroia had to take himself out of a rehab game with Double-A Portland on Friday night due to knee discomfort.
Already on his third attempt to come back from left knee issues this season, Pedroia played just four innings and logged two at-bats before he had enough on Friday.
“I mean, uh, he didn’t feel right,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after the Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Astros. “No slides, no hit-by-pitch, nothing. He just didn’t feel right after the second at-bat. So he decided that was enough today. We’ll see how it goes and will know more tomorrow.”
Earlier in the day, Cora said Pedroia hadn’t had any “red flags the last few days, which is good.”
Pedroia’s first rehab assignment lasted just three games before the Red Sox activated him in early April. He played just seven games, then hit the injured list again with knee discomfort.
His second rehab assignment was cut short after five games due to knee discomfort.
Pedroia is 3-for-21 with five strikeouts since beginning his third rehab assignment on May 17.
“With Pedey, he’s making strides offensively,” Cora said earlier on Friday. “I know the numbers are not there but if you look at the at-bats, his stride is getting better. He was actually like flying open and stepping into the bucket. But little by little, he’s getting close. That’s a good sign.”
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