Pedroia, 36, has played just nine games over the past two seasons, collecting three hits in 34 plate appearances. He last played a game on April 17, 2019.
Pedroia is now discussing his options with his family, the Red Sox and his representation.
News of Pedroia’s setback was first reported by the Boston Globe.
Pedroia underwent knee joint preservation surgery last year, often an alternative to full knee replacement, and spent much of the 2019 season away from the team, rehabilitating his injury and spending time with his family.
Pedroia, whose gritty nature and willingness to fight through injuries has endeared him to Red Sox fans, expressed doubts last May that he would be able to return to the field.
“I’m at a point right now where I need some time. That’s what my status is,” Pedroia said. “Some days, I feel fine, and an hour later, walking is tough. If I’m on an hour-to-hour basis of being able to do anything athletically, that’s tough. I think the time will give me the right answer of if I can do this.”
After the surgery, Pedroia’s mindset shifted, and he indicated to the Red Sox that he hoped to return to the field and become an everyday player again. But news of his latest setback brings up the question of retirement, given that the 36-year-old is now three seasons removed from a fully healthy season, when he played 154 games in 2016 for Boston.
As recently as the general manager meetings in November, Red Sox general manager Brian O’Halloran expressed optimism for Pedroia’s return.
“He’s been working out and doing well by his own account and we’re going to talk to him and learn more,” O’Halloran said. “I don’t think anything specifically has changed. I think it’s more that time has passed and he’s been feeling better.”