Shut Down Again After Missing 436 Games in 3 Years

When you've missed 396 games over the last three seasons, what's another 42?

In just his first season with the club, the Boston Red Sox have once again shut down injury-ravaged shortstop Adalberto Mondesi due to pain in his knee, and it appears he'll never suit up in Beantown colors. 

After acquiring the uber-talented, but always-injured infielder from the Kansas City Royals back in January, the Red Sox have shut him down for the second time this year as he's tried to make his back from ACL surgery that wiped out almost all of his 2022 season, after a spate of health problems cut his 2021 season to just 35 games. 

By the end of this year, Mondesi will have missed 436 of a possible 486 games over the past three seasons. 

“It has been on and off. He started, again, his baseball activities. He didn’t feel so well so we had to shut it down,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “He’s just getting treatment. It has been that battle, how he feels and where he’s at. We’ve done everything possible to get him right. He has done everything possible to get it right. It’s just a matter of jumping that last hurdle and we haven’t been able to do that."

Mondesi's combination of elite speed plus power has always had talent evaluators salivating, but he has never been able to stay healthy for anything close to a full season. In seven years in the majors, he's played more than 75 games only once (back in 2019). 

Playing out his one-year, $3M contract, he'll be hitting free agency this winter. 

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