BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox placed benched third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained left shoulder.

Red Sox manager John Farrell made the announcement before the series finale at Fenway Park against Baltimore.

The 29-year-old Sandoval lost his starting job late in spring training to Travis Shaw and is hitless in six at-bats with four strikeouts.

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Sandoval's physical condition was questioned early in spring training. Farrell said the time down could help him get back in shape. He's in the second year of a $95 million, five-year deal signed during free agency in November 2014.

The team recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the roster.