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hat undergoing knee surgery after the 2017 season was a mistake.According to ESPN.com's David Schoenfield Mariano Rivera Jersey , Pedroia would have done things differently given the benefit of hindsight:"No, I wouldn't have done it. I don't regret doing it, but looking back and knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have done it."As a result of the surgery, Pedroia missed the first two months of the 2018 season. He returned in May but appeared in just three games before getting shut down for the remainder of the campaign.The surgery Pedroia underwent was a cartilage restoration in his left knee. It involved taking cartilage from a cadaver and grafting it inside his knee.Pedroia acknowledged he wasn't aware of everything the surgery entailed:"It's a complicated surgery. The cartilage in my knee is great now, but the graft is the thing. You're putting somebody else's bone in your body. To get that to incorporate fully, there are so many things that, going into it, I didn't know all that stuff. I thought, 'They were like, you tore this, we can fix it. Great.'"Rather than undergoing surgery, Pedroia had the option of rehabbing the injury. Looking back, Pedroia feels as though he may have tried to come back too soon:"I think the difference was last year everyone wanted me to come back better than I was before Babe Ruth Jersey , instead of just coming back. I might have pushed it too hard or done too much, but as far as following directions, I followed every step. I think some of the directions were, timing wise, a little off."The 35-year-old Pedroia is a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and one-time American League MVP who is set to enter his 14th MLB season.Prior to playing just three games in 2018, Pedroia was highly productive in 2017 despite playing through knee pain. He hit .293 to go along with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 105 games.While Pedroia hasn't been an All-Star since 2013, he is a reliable presence in the field and at the plate when healthy.For his career, Pedroia is a .300 hitter with 140 homers, 724 RBI, 921 runs scored and 138 stolen bases.With regard to his status entering 2019, Pedroia made it clear he's healthy and ready to go, but he also stressed the importance of not pushing himself too hard:"I don't have any restrictions. I just have to be smart. I don't need to take a hundred groundballs. I need to take the amount that gets me ready for the game and then stop. Just limit the time on my feet and make sure I'm always staying on top of things to keep me healthy."En route to winning the World Series last season, Boston primarily utilized Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt at second base.With Pedroia coming back http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , the Red Sox will be able to use Nunez and Holt in utility roles, but they also don't have to overwork Pedroia due to the fact that they have plenty of middle infield depth. Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, MLB announced the schedule for first two games of the American and National League Championship Series in the 2018 playoffs.The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers will get the LCS round underway Friday at 8:09 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FS1.Here's the full schedule for the ALCS and NLCS:American League Championship Series ScheduleGame 1: Astros at Red Sox, Oct. 13 at 8:09 p.m. ET (TBS)Game 2:Astros at Red Sox, Oct. 14 at 7:09 p.m. ET (TBS)Game 3:Red Sox atAstros, Oct. 16 at TBD (TBS)Game 4:Red Sox atAstros, Oct. 17 at TBD (TBS)Game 5: Red Sox at Astros, Oct. 18 at TBD (TBS)Game 6:Astros at Red Sox, Oct. 20 at TBD (TBS)Game 7:Astros at Red Sox, Oct. 21 at TBD (TBS)National League Championship Series ScheduleGame 1: Dodgers at Brewers, Oct. 12 at 8:09 p.m. ET (FS1)Game 2:Dodgers at Brewers, Oct. 13 at 4:09 p.m. ET (Fox)Game 3: Brewers at Dodgers, Oct. 15 at TBD (FS1 or Fox)Game 4:Brewers at Dodgers Joe DiMaggio Jersey , Oct. 16 at TBD (FS1 or Fox)Game 5:Brewers at Dodgers, Oct. 17 at TBD (FS1 or Fox)Game 6:Dodgers at Brewers, Oct. 19 at TBD (FS1 or Fox)Game 7:Dodgers at Brewers, Oct. 20 at TBD (FS1 or Fox)The Brewers were the first team to punch their ticket to the next round when they swept the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series, winning Game 3 on Sunday.The Dodgers and Houston Astros followed suit Monday. Los Angeles defeated the Atlanta Braves in four games, while the Astros swept the Cleveland Indians.The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 in Game 4 on Tuesday to win the series and advance to the ALCS for the first time since 2013, when they went on to win the World Series.Boston will have home-field advantage in the ALCS after finishing five games better than the Astros.According to OddsShark, the Astros are the betting favorites (+210, bet $100 to win $210) to win the World Series, with the Dodgers and Red Sox both at +300.
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