Rutledge (knee) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. With the trade for San Diego's Drew Pomeranz now official, the Red Sox needed to clear a spot on their 40-man and 25-man rosters. Rutledge, who has been on the DL since mid-June with knee tendinitis, was the casualty as he'll be out until the latter portion of the season with Thursday's roster move. The Red Sox will stick with Ryan Hanigan and Sandy Leon behind the plate moving forward.
Rutledge (knee) had his second consecutive day of on-field work Wednesday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Rutledge, who's been on the disabled list since June 15 due to tendinitis in his left knee, said he was sore after his first workout Tuesday, but came through Wednesday's work better.
Rutledge (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald reports. Scheduled starter Roenis Elias has been recalled to start Friday and he'll take Rutledge's spot on the active roster as Rutledge recovers from a bout with left knee patellar tendinitis. Rutledge had an uneven role with the Red Sox prior to being placed on the DL on Friday, primarily entering games off the bench as a defensive replacement. The Red Sox will have less defensive versatility at their disposal while Rutledge is on the shelf.
Rutledge was inserted into Sunday's starting lineup at third base when David Ortiz (toe) was made a late scratch. He went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. The Ortiz scratching set off a domino effect that moved Hanley Ramirez from first base to designated hitter, Travis Shaw from third base to first, and Rutledge from the bench to the hot corner. Ortiz is listed as day-to-day after taking a pitched ball off his toe Saturday. If he continues to miss games this week, Rutledge will be in line for added at-bats. The 27-year-old utility player has hit well in limited duty (career-high .830 OPS) and usually plays two-to-three times per week as a fill-in when a starter is getting day off.
Rutledge went 2-for-7 with a walk, a double, a stolen base and two runs scored while starting both ends of a doubleheader against the Royals on Wednesday. Manager John Farrell has been intent on getting his older starters rest whenever he can, so he used the doubleheader to give Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia some rest. Rutledge started at third base in the opener, moving Travis Shaw to first base, and then started at second base in the nightcap. Rutledge offers the kind of position versatility that makes him useful for a major-league roster and as long as he's hitting, he'll remain up with the big club and get two-to-three starts per week. The 27-year-old utility player is 13-for-34 (.382) with six doubles and nine runs scored in 18 games.