BREAKING: Red Sox forced to recall Pablo Sandoval
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The Red Sox placed Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day DL after a collision with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu that resulted in a severe sprain.
Possible solutions for second base are limited with utility player Brock Holt out indefinitely, but Deven Marrero would be the logical choice to cover second and extend his stay with the Red Sox.
Up to now Marrero was covering for the struggling and injured Pablo Sandoval at third base, but with the need at second it seems the Red Sox are forced to recall Sandoval.
Just a few days ago Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe phrased it perfectly.
"The Red Sox are in no rush to activate Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list. What a surprise."
Sandoval sprained his knee on April 23 and started his rehab assignment on May 19. Yesterday he recorded his third double since starting his rehab assignment in Pawtucket. Despite the double, the third baseman is just 4-for-25 in seven games.
In 17 games with the Red Sox this year, he has tallied three home runs and 10 RBIs, while batting .213 with a .646 OPS.
Obviously the Red Sox wanted nothing to do with the hole in the lineup Sandoval would represent with Marrero showing plenty of defensive prowess in the mean time.
Sandoval has hit .238 with a .650 OPS in 146 games for the Sox since being signed to a five-year, $95 million contract before the 2015 season. So far he missed 187 games while on the disabled list, not including 16 games missed in September of 2015 with pneumonia.
The situation dictates that the Red Sox have little choice due to injuries, but you have to feel that he is running out of chances.
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