Dustin Pedroia undergoes knee surgery

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Boston Red Sox second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, successfully underwent knee surgery on his left knee today.

The 34-year-old United States infielder, twice a World Series champion with the Red Sox, underwent a cartilage restoration procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY.

The team announced that Pedroia's anticipated return will be in approximately seven months.

Pedroia's 0.19 nERD marked his worst season since his rookie year way back in 2006.

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The 14-year veteran recorded three sacks in 15 games for the Atlanta Falcons last season during their run to the Super Bowl . In 163 games, he racked up 107.5 sacks and 43 forced fumbles, both second in franchise history only to Robert Mathis.

Brock Holt, Deven Marrero, Marco Hernandez and Tzu-Wei Lin are among the internal options who could fill in for Pedroia.

The Red Sox termed his "cartilage restoration procedure" a success after the 34-year-old played with the bum knee all season, slashing.293/.369/.392 in 105 games, with injuries taking their toll on the lifetime Red Sox infielder.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last October.

Pedroia made two trips to the disabled list (29 days combined) during 2017 because of left knee inflammation. Pedroia is owed $56 million over the next four seasons in Boston. His 19 doubles and seven home runs were tied for his season-lows since his first full major league year in 2007.