CHICAGO -- The Red Sox will be without a cornerstone player for the next week and a half after placing Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain on Tuesday. The club activated third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the 10-day DL to take Pedroia's spot on the 25-man roster.
The good news regarding Pedroia is that an MRI performed back in Boston revealed no structural or ligament damage, and there's at least a chance he could be available when first eligible on June 9 against the Tigers.
Pedroia flew back to Chicago to join his teammates after his consultation with Dr. Matthew Liebman.
"Yeah, it could have been a lot worse," said Pedroia. "I'm definitely relieved that it's not broken or anything like that. I've just got to get my treatment by the staff then try to get back as soon as I can. I can't play for 10 days. Hopefully after that period, I'm fine."
Without Pedroia, manager John Farrell said that Josh Rutledge will get most of the playing time at second base. Sandoval and Deven Marrero will share time at third base. With lefty Jose Quintana pitching for the White Sox on Tuesday, Rutledge started at second and Marrero got the nod at third.
Pedroia injured the wrist in a collision with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu in Boston's 5-4 loss to Chicago on Monday. It was an awkward play in which Abreu was initially going to flip to the pitcher covering, then decided to dive to the bag for the out, leaving Pedroia with no place to go.
"I'm sure he was trying to flip it to the pitcher and felt like I was going to beat him there, so he just took it himself," said Pedroia. "He's kind of in between steps and slid past the base and was kind of right over the bag. It was just a weird play. I've never seen that before. We got there at the same time. It happens, it's baseball. I couldn't really do anything. Right when I got there, my legs hit him. I kind of just flipped over him."
The injury to Pedroia happened in the first inning of David Price's 2017 debut. It was symbolic of the way injuries have impacted the Red Sox during the early weeks of the season. Knuckleballer Steven Wright is out for the season. Sandoval is back after missing more than a month with a right knee sprain. Relievers Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith haven't pitched yet this season. And Brock Holt remains sidelined indefinitely with vertigo.
"Those are things that are out of our control," said Farrell. "How we respond to those is all that matters."
While the Red Sox wait for Pedroia to return, they hope Sandoval can give the lineup a boost.
Before suffering his right knee sprain on April 23, Sandoval slashed .213/.269/.377 in 17 games and played inconsistent defensively.
"Well, you know, it's such a hard look for me for Pablo," said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "In Spring Training, we felt absolutely great about the situation. Early in the season, he ended up playing so-so, I guess is the way to describe it.
"There were some encouraging signs, and then there were some other signs that weren't as positive as during Spring Training. Still hit the three home runs, the 11 RBIs, but yeah, you're looking for more than what he showed from an offensive perspective. But I would say that would be the way with a lot of our players at that time of year.
"It was cold every day when he was playing, not very good conditions from an offensive or defensive perspective. We saw a lot of positive signs, but now we're in a situation, you need to see it on a consistent basis. We think he can do it. He's in great shape. I saw him moving around. He's in the best shape I've seen him in years. So he's moving around well. But now he's got to go out and do it for us."
Pedroia, 33, is hitting .292 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 45 games for the Red Sox this season.
Sandoval, 30, was rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket as he recuperated from his knee injury. He batted 4-for-25 (.160) with three doubles and two walks in seven games during his rehab assignment.
Fantasy spin | Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB)
Owners in most formats should retain Pedroia -- who hit .318 with 105 runs scored last season -- during his time on the disabled list. However, those dealing with multiple injuries in shallow leagues may decide to release a 33-year-old who does not rank among the top-30 fantasy second basemen in 2017. Shallow-league Pedroia owners can check waivers for a replacement such as Neil Walker or Brandon Phillips, and those in deeper leagues can look at Whit Merrifield or Yangervis Solarte.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.