By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Boston Red Sox will be without third baseman Pablo Sandoval for a little bit as he was placed on the 10-day disabled list today with a sprained right knee. The move is retroactive to Monday but the earliest that Sandoval could return would be May 4th.
The Sox activated utility infielder Josh Rutledge to take Sandoval’s spot and Rutledge will probably split time with Marco Hernandez as the third base fill in. The injury to Sandoval comes at a particularly bad time because the Sox infield depth is waning. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is playing with a sore thumb, second baseman Dustin Pedroia is day to day after his injury on Friday night and utility man Brock Holt is on the DL with vertigo.
The team will have to ask a lot of Rutledge, who is just coming off an injury on his own, and Hernandez. The Sox are also facing some stiff competition as they open up a 10 game homestand tonight. They’ll play three with the second place New York Yankees, then three with the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs and they’ll finish up with four games against the first place Baltimore Orioles. It’ll be a grueling stretch for the Sox and they’ll need to not only produce, but stay healthy as well.
Rick Porcello will get the ball tonight in the series opener against New York. He’ll be opposed by Luis Severino. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.