Injuries marred Josh Rutledge throughout 2017, as he suffered a hamstring injury in spring training that pushed him to the disabled list to begin the season and cost him most of April. A hip injury in June sent him back to the DL, and it was later revealed that he was also dealing with concussion symptoms. He was eventually recalled from his rehab assignment in late July when problems with his hip persisted, and he underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery in August. At season's end, Rutledge had played in just 37 games, occasionally filling in for an injured Dustin Pedroia when he was healthy in the first half, but offering a very empty .224/.297/.262 line -- easily the worst he's produced in six years of limited duty as a big-league player. It's expected that he'll be healthy to begin spring training, where he'll end up having to compete for a roster spot with the Giants after signing with San Francisco in December.
Rutledge (hip) signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Rutledge is coming off an injury-filled campaign that saw him appear in just 37 games for the Red Sox due to a hamstring injury, a concussion and season-ending hip surgery he underwent in August. He wasn't really effective when healthy, turning in an unremarkable .224/.297/.262 line. He's expected to be healthy by spring training, where he'll compete for a roster spot as the Giants' utility infielder.
Rutledge (hip) was taken off the 60-day disabled list, and elected free agency instead of accepting an outright assignment by the Red Sox on Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Rutledge underwent season-ending hip surgery in late-August after dealing with a concussion for the better part of June and July. The third baseman will look to sign on with a new club this winter following a 2017 season in which he played 37 major-league games, slashing .224/.297/.262 with nine RBI. Looking ahead, he should be fully healed by spring training, barring any setbacks.
Rutledge underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Wednesday and is expected to be ready for the 2018 season, Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com reports. Since Rutledge did not spend 90 days on the active roster, the Rule 5 rules will still be attached to him until he gets to the 90-day mark on the active roster between 2017 and 2018. This means that if the Red Sox want to keep him in the system, he needs to be on the active roster for roughly 30 days in 2018 and cannot be optioned until after the 2018 season. Rutledge hit .224/.297/.262 in 107 big-league at-bats this season.
Rutledge (hip) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox needed to open a spot on the 40-man roster for recent acquisition Addison Reed, and given that the infielder will be on the shelf a bit longer due to a newfound hip injury, he'll give up his roster spot for the club's new reliever. Rutledge has already missed more than a month of action, so this designation will allow him to return to the active roster by the end of August if he's ready.
Rutledge (concussion) was recalled from his rehab assignment Friday because of a hip injury, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Rutledge had been out on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, but will be reevaluated following this setback, remaining on the 7-day concussion disabled list for the time being. It's been a rough month for the infielder, as he was initially placed on the 10-day disabled list due to left hip soreness in late June, but was then switched over to the concussion list just a day later. More news on the situation should be revealed in the near future, although there doesn't appear to be a clear-cut role for Rutledge on the big-league club at the present time.