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Dustin Pedroia sitting out with knee injury

Photographer: Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

The Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia suffered an injury to his knee after being ‘spiked’ by Manny Machado in yesterday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. The knee that was injured was the same knee that he had surgery on this past offseason.

“The best case scenario is a bruise that will keep him out of the lineup on a day-to-day basis,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh said. “The worst case is that he has a knee/PCL(posterior cruciate ligament) injury and keep him out for two-four weeks. An MRI may be needed.”

The issue here is that it re-aggravated a past knee injury. The possibility of an MRI is scary for a player who had a bounce back 2016 season. He had a .318 batting average, the highest he has had since 2008, to go with 15 home runs. He has batted a more modest .258 with no home runs and five RBI thus far in 2017.

Word is that the Boston clubhouse is not to happy about Machado’s slide. Fantasy owners can stash him on the bench if his injury timetable is indeed four weeks. Just keep an eye out for that possible MRI.

Marco Hernandez is likely to earn the start at second base as the only other second base eligible player that is healthy on the team’s roster. He never has displayed much power at any level, but he has shown he is capable of hitting for contact and playing a decent second base. Hernandez hit .305 in the organization’s Triple-A affiliate in 2015 and hit .309 when he played with the Triple-A affiliate in 2016.  He is batting .286 with no home runs and two RBI in 28 at-bats for Boston this season.

Hernandez is going to bat towards the bottom of the Red Sox’ lineup but has a chance of becoming a fantasy asset if he gets on base frequently in front of Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi. Owners in 12-team leagues should monitor his first few starts.
The Red Sox might have chosen to start Brock Holt at second base, who started 49 games at the position when Pedroia was for most of 2015, but he was recently placed on the disabled list. Expect him to get a handful of starts at second base when he returns if Pedroia is still out at that point.

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