NEW YORK -- Marco Scutaro came off the disabled list and the Red Sox wasted no time getting him right back into the starting lineup.
There were, however, extenuating circumstances.
First, Scutaro had a history of success against the Yankees' starting pitcher, Freddy Garcia, having hit .500 (6-for-12) against him in the past.
Second, Jed Lowrie, who had effectively taken the starting shortstop job away from Scutaro even before Scutaro suffered a pulled oblique, was himself banged up.
Lowrie's left shoulder is still sore, more than a week after a collision with teammate Mike Cameron. Lowrie said the pain is a "dull ache,'' and he plans to undergo an MRI soon on the shoulder.
Scutaro said he was unsure of how much playing time he was going to get now that he's healthy again.
"I just work here,'' he said, smiling. "I just show up and see what's cooking.''
"Some of how much Marco plays probably depends on how everybody else is doing,'' said Terry Francona. "Marco's certainly good enough to be an everyday player, but some of his at-bats will be determined on how other guys are doing.''
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Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.
He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.
Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.
Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17.
With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games.
The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings.
The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.