Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval leaves game after being hit in knee with pitch

Rob Bradford
May 19, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Hitting from the right side has been painful for Pablo Sandoval, but a Sam Freeman fastball took the agony to new heights. With the count 0-1 and one out in the seventh inning, the Texas reliever uncorked a 94 mph fastball that hit Sandoval in the left knee. The Sox third baseman immediately crumpled to the ground, lying face down until manager John Farrell and the team's medical staff could reach him. Sandoval would be helped off the field with Brock Holt coming on to pinch-run. After the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Rangers, Sandoval said he believed the issue wouldn't be serious. "So far, so good," he said. "It's going to be sore for a couple of days." "He'€™s sore. You take mid-90s off the knee, it'€™s going to be a little sore," Farrell said. "There'€™s no, structurally, he'€™s already had a scan. Everything is clean as far as that goes. Likely, he'€™s going to be sore. We'€™ll check him when he comes in." It marked the fourth time this season the switch-hitter has reached base against a lefty pitcher, coming into the game 2-for-41 with a walk (.041) vs. southpaws. Prior to the at-bat, Sandoval had notched one hit in three at-bats, all coming against Rangers righty starter Yovani Gallardo. The Red Sox were carrying a 4-2 lead at the time the Sandoval injury.