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Xander Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval are (mostly) fine, could play Wednesday

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The first major injury scare of the regular season is over for the Red Sox, as both Xander Bogaerts (knee) and Pablo Sandoval (foot) have checked out fine.

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The Red Sox received good news on the injury front after Tuesday night's game against the Nationals, with scans on both Xander Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval coming back negative, ensuring there would be no infield depth crisis this early in the season.

Xander Bogaerts hurt his knee in Monday night's game when rounding third base. It wasn't until the following morning that it ended up bothering him, but the Red Sox took the cautious route, holding him out of Tuesday's game and getting him thoroughly checked out by the team's medical staff before giving him the go-ahead.

The moment of Pablo Sandoval's injury was a little more obvious. Sandoval took a Stephen Strasburg pitch to the foot in the third inning of Tuesday night's game, and while he was able to stick around for a while, was pulled before the sixth, bringing Hanley Ramirez back into the infield for the first (and perhaps last) time this season. For about an inning there, the Red Sox had potentially lost Xander Bogaerts, Pablo Sandoval, and the game. Dark times indeed.

Now, though, that game is not only won, but scans on both players have come back negative, with their ability to play in today's series finale against the Nationals coming down only to a question of soreness. That's big news for a Red Sox team that's well-equipped to handle injuries to their outfielders, but clearly not in the best shape should an infielder go down, particularly considering their emphasis on ground balls in the rotation.