BOSTON -- Josh Rutledge hasn't gotten a hit since May 18, an 0-for-15 slump that's dropped his average from .382 to .265.
And his pain, apparently, goes beyond his on-field struggles.
The Red Sox -- citing left knee patellar tendinitis as the reason -- placed the utility infielder on the 15-day disabled list Friday, opening a roster spot for Friday night's starting pitcher. Roenis Elias was finally, officially recalled from Pawtucket, (it had been announced early in the week that he would pitch tonight( and added to the 25-man roster.
Rutledge's absence means the Red Sox are left with only one player, Marco Hernandez, capable of backing up Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts in the middle of the infield. Brock Holt, who can also fill in at second base and shortstop, remains on the DL as he recovers from a concussion.