Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval, Blake Swihart exit with injuries

Rob Bradford
June 20, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Pablo Sandoval's nightmarish week was punctuated Saturday night with another hiccup: an apparent leg injury. The team would classify Sandoval's injury as a left ankle sprain. Sandoval was forced to leave the Red Sox' game with the Royals in the fifth inning after turning awkwardly on his leg while making a throw to first on Lorenzo Cain's grounder. Before tossing what would be an errant throw to Mike Napoli, Sandoval had stretched out in an attempt to tag Alcides Escobar, who was ranging off third. Sandoval was able to walk the Red Sox' dugout under his own power, with Travis Shaw coming on to man third base the rest of the way. Sandoval, who was benched Thursday for violating the team's social media policy, had gone 2-for-4 in the teams' series opener Friday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving the game Saturday. Also leaving due to injury was catcher Blake Swihart, who appeared to twist his left foot sliding into third base in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Sandy Leon, who pinch-hit for Swihart in the sixth. Swihart would be diagnosed with left foot sprain. "They both had X-rays here," Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters. "Blake'€™s is at the base of the fifth toe. There were no fractures there and nothing structurally bone-wise on Pablo either."