Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval leaves Red Sox game with right quad tightness, might play Sunday

John Tomase
June 13, 2015 - 11:45 am
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Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays in the seventh inning with what the team called right quad tightness. Sandoval was replaced by Jeff Bianchi, who immediately made a nice bare-handed play while charging a bunt by Ryan Goins leading off the frame. It's unclear when Sandoval was injured. He went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey for his third multi-hit game in his last six tries. Yeah, just the right quad tightness. We had to get him off his feet. He's day to day. We'll check him when he gets in tomorrow. It's undecided at this point if he'll be in the lineup. "There wasn't one event," manager John Farrell said. "He just felt some gradual tightness as the game wore on and felt it as he was swinging that final at-bat. His front line, which he's hitting against, felt a tightness continue on, and precautionary, we got him out of there." Farrell said it was unclear how long Sandoval would be out, but he held out hope the third baseman would be in the lineup on Sunday. "He's day to day," Farrell said. "We'll check him when he gets in (Sunday). It's undecided at this point if he'll be in the lineup." There wasn't one event. He just felt some gradual tightness as the game wore on and felt it as he was swinging that final at-bat. His front line, which he's hitting against, felt a tightness continue on, and precautionary, we got him out of there. Before being lifted, Sandoval also made another iffy defensive play, colliding with catcher Sandy Leon on a popup in foul territory as the ball fell. Leon was charged with an error. Before the game, Farrell discussed Sandoval's defensive struggles, which include nine errors. "Just got to continue working at it," Farrell said. "The backhand play that we've seen multiple times where there's a little bit of sliding action to that. It's not that he's not getting to that ball, because you see it go off the back of his glove multiple times. So it's continued work. He's got a pretty thorough work routine to lead up to each and every game, and then the play to the glove side, to me it's been more redirecting his body. As he's going with that drop step back towards the 5-6 hole, it's the footwork to get back on line and deliver a strike across the field. At times, that's been a little more inconsistent."

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