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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.

Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi exited the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Padres Saturday night with left side tightness, an ailment that kept him out of Sunday's 3-1 loss. 

Luckily for the Red Sox, it doesn't appear their left fielder will be out for long. According to Alex Cora, Benintendi is considered day-to-day and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday when the team visits the Rockies. 

“He’s doing okay. He feels better,” Cora told MassLive's Chris Cotillo. “We’ll stay away from him today, he’ll probably get some treatment tomorrow and we’ll know more on Tuesday.”

The Sox took two of three against the Padres, but couldn't complete the sweep thanks to a silent day from one of the league's best offenses. They should be able to continue to produce without Benintendi in the lineup, but the lefty had been swinging the bat well lately and will be needed in the final 30 games of the year if Boston hopes to make a late run at the postseason. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Padres

Highlights from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Padres

FINAL SCORE: Padres 3, Red Sox 1

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox got solid output from their bullpen on Sunday but their offense was neutralized by the Padres in a 3-1 loss. J.D. Martinez was the only source of run support on Boston's part with a solo home run in the fourth inning. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 70-62

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

Francisco Mejia singled to center, Margot scored (1-0 SD)

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer to left, Mejia scored (3-0 SD)

4th inning

J.D. Martinez blasted a solo home run to left (3-1 SD)

Jackie Bradley Jr. makes a spectacular catch at the wall

UP NEXT:

@Rockies, Tuesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Rockies, Wednesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Angels, Friday, 10:07 p.m., NESN

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