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Sandoval, suffering from shoulder strain, heads to DL

Sandoval, suffering from shoulder strain, heads to DL

BOSTON -- Pablo Sandoval is headed to the disabled list because of a shoulder strain, throwing a new wrinkle into what has been a tumultous season for the veteran third baseman.

Veteran infielder Josh Rutledge has been recalled from Pawtucket as a replacement.

John Farrell said he couldn't pinpoint when Sandoval -- who lost  his starting job to Travis Shaw in spring training -- hurt the shoulder, but added that the team became aware of it today.

The move, Farrell acknowledged, is "a breather that gives him a chance to step away from the scrutiny he's under".

"He's been an easy target."

Sandoval was booed on Opening Day and has only six at-bats all season. He's hitless, and struck out in four of them.

Despite that, Farrell says he still considers Sandoval to be an "important" part of the team.

Xander Bogaerts: I'll be dreaming of Andrew Benintendi tonight

Xander Bogaerts: I'll be dreaming of Andrew Benintendi tonight

Xander Bogaerts discusses watching Andrew Benintendi make the diving catch in left field and says he'll be dreaming of Benny tonight.

Mookie Betts describes his fan interference 'catch'

Mookie Betts describes his fan interference 'catch'

Mookie Betts talks about the called out on the fan interference play in right field during the 1st inning.