The Red Sox announced Dustin Pedroia has undergone successful arthroscopy surgery on his left knee.

A partial medial meniscectomy and chondroplasty was performed by Head Team Orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Pedroia is expected to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training 2017.

The 33-year-old played in 154 regular season games, hitting .318, with 15 home runs and an .825 OPS.

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Rob Bradford

The Red Sox aren't exactly going all in with John Farrell as their manager. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)Either he's your guy, or he's not.

Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have

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We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.

Two days after the completion of the 2016 Red Sox season, John Farrell has undeniably been the hottest topic of conversation.

John Farrell. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

John Farrell. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Two days after the completion of the 2016 Red Sox season, John Farrell has undeniably been the hottest topic of conversation. And it only amped up once president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced Tuesday that the Sox would be bringing back Farrell as their manager for the 2017 campaign.

Wednesday afternoon, when appearing on the Dale & Holley Show with Jerry Thornton, Farrell addressed some of the buzz that has been circulating since Monday night’s season-ending loss to the Indians:


“He and I talked briefly yesterday. I’m sure we’ll have opportunity to talk more as we go forward. I don’t think there will be any point and time during the year I was focused on my status. It was always about with what we were doing with our team on a given day, how we were going to best going to prepare. Anything above and beyond that, we have yet to talk anything more specific.”


“I love the fact that we’re in a place there is so much scrutiny and I embrace it and I know that people follow closely. The comparison would be to be in a place where there isn’t as much attention and connection driven by the Red Sox. I love the fact that it’s here, the fact that you get questioned on what you’re doing because it means people are paying attention. I don’t run from those, I don’t deflect them. It’s part of being a manager in Boston.”


“I can look myself in the mirror knowing that everything I have on a given day I’m given while being true to myself. That’s where I take solace in knowing that everything I’ve got on a given day has been given.”


You’re always looking to improve, and if you’re not, no matter what walk of life you’re in, you’re probably short-changing things … You know what, I have no qualms with the work I put in and being able to put my head on the pillow every night, knowing that I gave everything I had on a given day. Some days that doesn’t play out as you’d like. You’re always looking for ways to evolve, and that’s no different in my case.


Honestly, that’s not for me to decide. My commitment and focus has always been the job at hand, and the guys in the clubhouse. If I was to approach them with the influence of what is being said outside, I’m doing themselves and myself an injustice. It’s part of what is Boston. It’s what makes Boston not only a tough town, but one that attracts and draws people to it and I’m certainly one of them.


When questions are asked I feel like members of the media have a job to do, I’ve always respected that as a player, as a coach and now as a manager. I’m not going to run from it. If people don’t like my answers, that’s what my answers are, they come from the heart. So I don’t ever envision changing off of that.


They executed better than we did, bottom line. … The surprising thing with Game 1 was I thought we chased pitches more so than we had at any time of the year, and I think that was direct reflection of the advance report that they had on us, and they executed with some very good breaking balls below the strike zone. When you strikeout 14 times in one ball game, that leaves your margin of error to be that much less.

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Rob Bradford

Brad Ziegler reached the big leagues at age 28, set a record for most consecutive scoreless innings to begin a career (39), and has since saved 85 games, including four with the Red Sox this season.

Brad Ziegler has been a popular addition to the Red Sox. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Images)

Brad Ziegler is entering free agency. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Brad Ziegler reached the big leagues at age 28, set a record for most consecutive scoreless innings to begin a career (39), and has since saved 85 games, including four with the Red Sox this season.

One thing he has never done: reach free agency. But that’s about to change as Ziegler prepares to test the market for the first time this winter.

“I have no idea what the future holds,” he said after the Red Sox were eliminated from the American League Division Series by the Indians. “There’s a lot of factors. It’s just something I’m going to have to sit down with my family and discuss. I’m going to have a little more time to figure it out than I hoped I would, but at the same time, there’s a lot to figure out.

“It is unique. It’s probably the only time, I’m hoping anyways, it might be the only time I get to do this. Hopefully the process is enjoyable and I’ll get some offers that put my family in a good position going forward, not just financially, but location and everything.”

It appears unlikely that Boston will be that destination, though Ziegler said he enjoyed his two-plus months here, noting that, “one way or another, this year will be special for me.” He also said he won’t rule out anywhere at the moment.

That said, he’s intrigued by the possibility of closing again. He saved 30 games for the Diamondbacks last year and 22 between Arizona and Boston this year. The Red Sox are set at that spot with All-Star Craig Kimbrel.

“It’s one of 50 factors,” he said. “If the situation’s right, it’s not mandatory. I think I’ve proven I can do it and I’d love to do it. Obviously here they have an established closer. There’s a lot of other places where they have guys established, and if they feel like I’m a better fit somewhere else in the pen and it’s a better fit overall for my family, I’m not going to be dead set on that’s what I have to do.”

What Ziegler is eager to remind teams is that he needn’t be limited to right-on-right situations, which was largely how he was used in Boston after recording more walks against left-handed hitters (16) than strikeouts. In 2015, for instance, he limited lefties to a .217 average.

“I’ve worked hard to do it, and there’s stretches where if my changeup doesn’t feel just right and my fastball command isn’t what it should be, lefties are going to hit me better than righties,” he said. “I can still maybe get away with a little bit more against righties. At the same time, I’m completely confident facing lefties. When I was closing in Arizona, there were times I would face all lefties in the ninth inning and I handled those situations just fine. It didn’t matter, you were the guy. That’s not a concern for me going forward. In September, it’s a little different, because you can put 12 guys down in the bullpen and just play matchups.

“When you’re going through the whole season, you can’t match up every guy. I felt like I’ve proven I don’t need to be a matchup guy long-term, and hopefully wherever I end up next year, they’ll see that and they won’t be scared to use me in certain situations.”


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John Tomase

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday morning, following Tuesday’s press conference in which the team announced John Farrell will return as manager.

Sam Kennedy

Sam Kennedy

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday morning, following Tuesday’s press conference in which the team announced John Farrell will return as manager. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Kennedy supported Tuesday’s decision on Farrell, saying, “I think he’s the right guy to continue to lead this franchise.”

However, Kennedy was unclear where the team stands on Farrell’s 2018 option. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that it would be ownership’s call.

“Dave will make a recommendation to ownership, and I have a seat at that table. We’ll talk about that in the coming days, to be sure,” Kennedy explained. “He knew he was going to get that question [about Farrell’s future] yesterday, again, right after a tough loss, and just wanted to address what we all knew, which was John will be back next year. [Dombrowski] will sit down and talk with us, specifically John Henry and Tom Werner, about a lot of these operations issues that we’re facing now in the immediate aftermath of going out in the postseason, including John Farrell’s option. So that will be discussed. But there’s a lot of other decisions that have to be made as well. Some will be recommendations from Dave, and some will just be firm decisions that he’s empowered to make on his own.”

Looking at the team’s disappointing performance in the ALDS, Kennedy said he can’t pinpoint a clear reason for the sweep at the hands of the Indians.

“What makes this the best baseball market on the planet is that we’d all love to try and point to one or two specific things,” Kennedy said. “I know my dad, for example, has his theories. He didn’t like the night in New York, after clinching the division and losing that awful game against the Yankees. Others may be quick to point to celebrations for David Ortiz.

“Look, if I knew what caused such a struggle with the bat in the postseason and not pitch our best, I’d probably be doing something else for a living, because I can’t point to a specific incident other than we just fell short of expectations. It was incredibly frustrating to watch those three games, because we felt we were positioned for a deep postseason run. At the end of the day, we didn’t get it done. I tip my cap to Terry Francona and [team president] Chris Antonetti and everyone at the Cleveland Indians. They beat us, and we have to tip our cap to them, as painful as it is to do that.”

Regarding the Ortiz celebrations, Kennedy said he didn’t believe they had a big effect on the team.

“I think it’s hard to argue that the team was distracted or exhausted by anything that happened, other than the sort of normal grind of the 162-game season,” Kennedy said. “I think the reception for David was incredibly emotional, it was great to have his teammates from ’04 and ’07 and ’13 come back, and I think this franchise and this city really owed David Ortiz a proper sendoff and recognition. I think if anything it may have caused an inspiration to remember what’s like to get to the mountaintop, seeing those World Series trophies there on Sunday.

“But look, no excuses, we didn’t get it done, we fell short. But I absolutely maintain that David Ortiz deserved the sendoff that he got.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at

On if David Price will have trouble being accepted by Red Sox fans following his postseason flop: “I think he’ll tell you that he was disappointed by his performance. One of the things that has been nice to see about David Price is his accountability and just how much he cares, how passionate he is about being around a group of guys that are coming together for a common purpose. And you’ve heard it before, and you know it’s true: You can’t judge a player signed to a long-term deal on his first year. Josh Beckett had a 5-plus ERA back in 2006; he won 20 games in 2007.

“So, look, none of us are satisfied with his season. David’s not satisfied with his season. And the only way you’re going to end that discussion is to get it done in the postseason. So we have that challenge in front of us. As frustrating and as discouraging as it is right now, we all recognize that. That’s the only way you’re going to end that discussion.”

On if there’s any possibility David Ortiz will return next season: “From all indications I think we’ve been very consistent that he’s maintained that he is done. And we’ve respected that. [Dombrowski] did say yesterday that he would imagine that he would be a part of the organization moving forward. That’s certainly our hope and our intention. There’ll be plenty of time to have those discussions. I think right now we’re all just sort of trying to regroup from what happened in this American League Division Series.

“David Ortiz, I’ve said it and some people have been on me about it, but I maintain that he is the most important player in the history of the Red Sox. I’ve never said he’s the most talented baseball player. Certainly there’s other Red Sox greats in our history. But what this guy has meant to us on the field, in terms of the three World Series championships, and what he’s done off the field, being a guy who’s helped heal this community when we’ve needed him the most, what he’s done for kids, what he represents, he’s so important. And we hope and expect that he’ll be a part of our franchise forever. And we look forward to that. But there’ll be plenty of time to have those discussions.”

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