Pablo Sandoval to inactive list for knee sprain

The Red Sox will not count on the services of Venezuelan third baseman Pablo Sandoval as they prepare to start a 10-game home game.

Sandoval was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a sprained right knee. The move is retroactive to Monday, which means it will be ineligible to return to play until at least May 4.

The Red Sox turned in player Josh Rutledge from the disabled list to fill Sandoval’s spot on the roster.

The injury comes at a particularly inappropriate time, considering that torpedo player Xander Bogaerts is playing with discomfort in his left thumb, midfielder Dustin Pedroia has not played in the past two games for left ankle and left knee discomfort, and the player Substitute Brock Holt is on the list of vertigo sufferers.

Rutledge, who is expected to split third-base play time with left-handed hitter Marco Hernandez during Sandoval’s absence, has been out of action since the final week of spring training for a sprained hamstring. Rutledge went 12-1 with a homer in a five-game minor league rehab assignment.

Sandoval, who leads the team with three home runs but hits just .213 this season, hurt himself Sunday when he fell on his knees trying to stop a hard-hitting round.

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