After an injury to Pablo Sandoval early in the season, Josh Rutledge earned a callup from Triple-A Pawtucket to help provide infield depth. The 27-year-old slashed a serviceable .265/.345/.388 in 28 at-bats in the big leagues before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He also showed his versatility by making appearances at shortstop along with second and third base. He was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the season. However, the Red Sox reclaimed him in the Rule 5 draft for organizational depth after parting ways with multiple infield pieces. Rutledge has had success in the past hitting lefties, sporting a .313 career average against them, something that could earn him opportunities opposite Boston's other utility man, Brock Holt, who batted just .105 against lefties in 2016. Perhaps Rutledge will carry some AL-only fantasy value.
Rutledge is not in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. With Dustin Pedroia (knee) back at second base, Marco Hernandez will slide over to the hot corner against right-handed hurlers while Rutledge heads to the bench. Pablo Sandoval (knee) should see the bulk of starts at third against right-handers when he is activated from the DL, though Rutledge should continue to start at third against left-handers.
Rutledge went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees. Rutledge was activated from the 10-day disabled list and will eventually serve in a platoon at third base while Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) is on the DL. He'll start against left-handers while Marco Hernandez -- once Dustin Pedroia (knee) is ready to play second base -- plays the hot corner when Boston faces a right-hander.
Rutledge (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, WEEI's Evan Drellich reports. Not only is he healthy, but Rutledge stands to get some legitimate playing time over the next week or two, as Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) was placed on the DL as a corresponding move. Rutledge has a career .262/.312/.397 slash line, and has never been a league average hitter in the big leagues. He will likely lose out on at-bats once Brock Holt (vertigo) returns from the DL, but for now, it seems Rutledge, Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky are the team's only healthy options at third base.
Rutledge (hamstring) was sent to Portland on Monday to finish his rehab assignment, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Rutledge has played four rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket -- going 1-for-9 with a homer and a 3:3 BB:K -- but with the PawSox off Monday, he'll head to Double-A Portland in an attempt to speed up his return to the majors. If either Dustin Pedroia (knee) or Pablo Sandoval (knee) requires a trip to the DL, Rutledge could serve as a replacement on the roster.
Rutledge (hamstring) will get time at several positions while he's on rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Rutledge started his rehab assignment Tuesday, initially serving as the PawSox's designated hitter. His rehab stay will continue as the organization wants him to get defensive work at first base, third base and shortstop.
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