Pablo Sandoval is headed back to the disabled list after a lost 2016 season and a slow start in 2017.
The Red Sox third baseman landed on the 10-day DL Tuesday with a right knee sprain suffered while diving for a ground ball Sunday.
Sandoval is hitting .213/.269/.377 with three home runs in 17 games this season. The sample size is small but the numbers are disappointing, particularly given Sandoval traditionally hits well out of the gate. He has an .807 career OPS in March and April.
The 30-year-old appeared in only three games last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury and was noticeably slimmed down when he reported to spring training this year.
The Red Sox open a three-game series against the Yankees at Fenway Park on Tuesday. They activated infielder Josh Rutledge from the disabled list to take Sandoval's roster spot.