The latest attempt by Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval to try to stage his season will begin Tuesday when he begins an assignment to rehabilitate Triple-A Pawtucket.

The last setback of third base was an ear infection that occurred at a time when the Red Sox had few options in the infield due to injuries that had no other way than to place him on the disabled list.

Sandoval is eligible to return on Friday, when the Red Sox will open a series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. But the veteran may receive some extra time in the minors to see if he is able to take the pace.

When Sandoval was on the disabled list the first time this year because of a knee jerk, the Red Sox had to rush through his recovery process and activate it before he was ready due to Dustin Pedroia’s injury.
“Ideally, we’d like to avoid that this time,” manager John Farrell said. “You’ll have the opportunity to do that over there (on Pawtucket).”

In 32 games this season, Sandoval is hitting .212 / .269 / .354 with four homers and 12 RBIs. On the defensive he made five mistakes.

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