Dustin Pedroia's injury could not have really been avoided. Upon his return to the Red Sox lineup, however, the second baseman and New Balance are doing all they can to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Pedroia returned Tuesday night and he was sporting a new pair of New Balance cleats. While Pedroia was out, New Balance performed extensive research and experiments to come up with a pair of kicks that would help prevent a similar injury should he hit the ball the same way again.
The second baseman, the company, and the Red Sox' training staff all worked closely together to find the right match, hopefully ensuring that any further injury would be avoided.
To learn more about the process, be sure to check out the video below from NESN Daily.
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