Can DL-stint cost Pablo Sandoval his job?

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Eric D. Schabell
Contributing Writer

Will 2017 be the season that Pablo Sandoval returns to perform at the levels he is capable of?

After missing all of last season with injuries, it took a total of 17 games in 2017 to see Sandoval heading back to the disabled list.

This time it's with a right knee sprain, suffered during the fielding of a ground ball on April 23 against the Orioles.

After an MRI on Monday, the Red Sox placed Sandoval on the 10-day DL Tuesday retroactive to Monday, 24 April.

Josh Rutledge was reactivated from the DL and placed on the rooster. He is an option for third base along with Marco Hernandez, Steve Selsky and Brock Holt.

No need to rush back Sandoval, who is only 13-for-61 (.213 batting average) with a .269 on-base percentage, .377 slugging percentage and .646 OPS in 17 games.

Can this lead to one of the mentioned players taking away the third base job from Sandoval?

Post a comment or via twitter @erics_redsox with your thoughts.

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