Boston Red Sox Send Pablo Sandoval To DL With Knee Injury, Team Adds Josh Rutledge
The start to Pablo Sandoval’s season has not been the one he has wanted or one that I had predicted after the scorching hot spring he had.
In 13 games this season, the switch-hitter is batting .213. But Pablo will now have some time to reflect because after leaving Sunday’s game against the Orioles with a knee injury, Sandoval was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee sprain on Tuesday.
To fill his spot on the roster, Josh Rutledge has been added to the roster after starting the year on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. With Sandoval down, this means Marco Hernandez and Rutledge will share the starts at third base, especially with Brock Holt on the DL.
In five rehab games between Triple-A Pawtucket (4 games) and Portland (1 game), Rutledge went 1-for-12 with a home run. Not exactly the kind of rehab you would like to see before a player gets called back up to the big leagues. In fact, in his last rehab appearance which came in an AA-Portland game, Rutledge played all nine innings at third base in a rehab game, as the PawSox were off so he was sent up to Hartford to get game action. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Hopefully, Sandoval is able to come back in 10-days and give the Red Sox the production they need out of a third-basemen, for now though the team will rely on Hernandez and Rutledge to get them through the next 10 days. Thankfully for Boston though they might be playing two fewer games without Sandoval than initially thought with Tuesday and Wednesday nights games being potentially rained out in Boston.