BOSTON - Maybe the Red Sox lineup will just never be at full health in 2017.
Pablo Sandoval's right knee sprain has landed him on the 10-day disabled list, with Josh Rutledge returning from the DL in Sandoval's place.
Sandoval was hurt reaching for a ground ball Sunday.
"Medial side of the right knee is what’s been sprianed," Farrell told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. "I don't know how long this one’s going to take.
"It looked like kind of a benign play at the time, and in between innings it really started to get sore on him. ... Added force as he was kind of rolling over the front side of that. He’s got some swelling in there, it really kind of swelled up on him pretty good."
Rutledge has been on the DL all season because of a left hamstring strain. He played five rehab games between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, playing one game for the latter on Monday night.
Marco Hernandez's role for the Red Sox grows in importance from here with Brock Holt on the DL because of vertigo. Steve Selsky will be leaned on more, too.
The Sox are aiming for a platoon at third base with Rutledge and Hernandez in Sandoval's absence.
"We feel like with a platoon system at third we’re going to be covered," Farrell said.
Sandoval is on the DL retroactive to April 24. He wasn't doing enough at the plate (.213) before the injury.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.