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Red Sox report: Marco Hernandez needs more surgery to relieve discomfort in shoulder

John Tomase
February 23, 2018 - 11:16 am

The Red Sox are going to be without infielder Marco Hernandez for a while.

The utilityman, already a longshot to make the roster following the acquisition of Eduardo Nunez, returned to Boston to have hardware removed from his surgically repaired left shoulder. Hernandez underwent season-ending surgery last year to correct a subluxation that was causing instability.

"Marco, he was feeling discomfort in his shoulder, flew him to Boston, at the end, they took out the hardware," manager Alex Cora said on Friday. "It seems like that was it was creating the discomfort. Obviously everything went well. Can't give you a time when he's coming back. It's actually depending on how he feels about it."

Hernandez underwent the surgery last May, but still felt weak and uncomfortable this spring, necessitating the follow-up procedure. He had arrived in Fort Myers as a possible fill-in at second base until Dustin Pedroia returns from offseason surgery.

"He was doing everything fine, and he felt weak or he was sore, and it was taking longer than usual," Cora said. "And at the stage he was, it wasn't supposed to be that way. We flew him up there and they decided to do it."

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