To add even more to this unique start to the season, the Red Sox have now placed Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list. Sandoval apparently woke up with a shoulder strain, and neither he, nor the rest of the team, are sure when he did it.
"He's been hitting a lot extra before and during the game in the cage" is skipper John Farrell's guess as to how this happened. Sandoval disagreed with Farrell, saying that he just woke up with soreness. He also mentioned that he had dealt with a similar injury while in San Francisco, but it only caused him to miss one game.
With Sandoval on the DL, the Red Sox brought up utility man Josh Rutledge from Pawtucket. So far this season, Sandoval is 0-6 with 4 strikeouts coming off the Sox bench. Everyone knows that Sandoval's weight has been an issue since he arrived at spring training, and many believe this DL stint is looped in with that. The most telling evidence is that Sandoval is 14-39 (.359) with 2 homeruns against Jimenez, and was still not included in the starting lineup.
John Farrell told reporters "First and foremost, we've got to get him right physically to get past the shoulder issue", all but solidifying the fact that they are putting him on the DL and forcing him to lose weight. Until he sheds some pounds and regains some of his agility and range, it doesn't seem likely that Sandoval has a spot on this team.
On top of Sandoval heading to the DL, Rusney Castillo is also being sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket. Combined, the two are worth $167.5 million, and will not be with the team, at least for the next few weeks. With the exit of Sandoval and Castillo, the Sox have also activated catcher Christian Vasquez. Farrell said they would be open to the idea of carrying 3 catchers in Vasquez, Swihart and Hanigan, which is what they are apparently doing now.
By Matt Watts