Dustin Pedroia may never play professional baseball again.
The Boston Red Sox announced Pedroia was being transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday because of a setback with his surgically repaired left knee. In the afternoon, the veteran second baseman held a press conference where he said his status as a baseball player was unclear.
"I'm not sure," he replied when asked if he thought he could play again, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford. He added, "I'm at a point right now where I need some time. That's what my status is."
"My knee will never heal," Pedroia explained further, according to MassLive's Chris Cotillo. "We're taking the time right now to find out if I can play again."
Pedroia, who said he wouldn't consider another surgery, suffered the setback with his knee while playing in a rehab game at Double-A on Friday.
"The last game I played, the pain was kind of to the point I had to tell the trainer I had to come out. It was a tough day," he said, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. "Next day, I woke up and it wasn't any better. It's to a point now where my knee is not allowing me to play every day. "
Pedroia will stay with the Red Sox during their upcoming away series against the New York Yankees that ends on June 2 before going home to spend time with his family, Browne added.
The veteran infielder has only appeared in nine games with the Red Sox since the beginning of the 2018 campaign.