Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts may be available for series finale

Rob Bradford
April 14, 2015 - 6:42 pm

Upon leaving the Red Sox clubhouse after the Red Sox' 8-7 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night, Pablo Sandoval peered into the manager's office and gave a thumbs up. Considering how things had unfolded during the Sox' sixth win of the year, that was a huge step (albeit sore one) in the right direction. After the game Red Sox manager John Farrell reported that both Sandoval (contusion on left foot) and Xander Bogaerts (sore knee) could possibly be in the team's lineup for its series finale against Washington. Bogaerts had missed Tuesday's game after reporting knee soreness from an awkward baserunning turn Monday. And Sandoval was forced to leave the Sox' latest win in the sixth inning after being hit by a Stephen Strasburg curveball on the left foot in the third. "Pablo started to continue to get more tight and sore as the night went on after being hit by the pitch, we got him out of there," Farrell said. "Xander'€™s MRI is clean. He'€™s day to day. Not ruling out his availability for tomorrow." With Sandoval out, the Red Sox were forced to turn to Hanley Ramirez to play third base, a position he hadn't manned since 2012. After the game Ramirez said Farrell gave him the option of playing shortstop or third base, having not worked out at either position in spring training. "We won the game," Ramirez said. "If I have to catch, I'll catch. If I have to pitch, I'll pitch." When asked if he played any third base in spring, Ramirez responded, "Yeah, I did. PlayStation. In reality, no. ... We didn't have anybody else. I had to do it for the team."