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Pablo Sandoval | Third Baseman | #48

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 255
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / SF
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Pablo Sandoval indicated that the inflammation in his balky left shoulder has subsided.
"[The shoulder's] still sore," Sandoval said, "but we'll see what's going on. The inflammation at least went down; it's to a good point, so now we're going to see what's going on there." He was placed on the 15-day disabled list in mid-April and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday in an attempt to reevaluate the progress of his recovery. Travis Shaw will continue to hold down the hot corner for the Sox. Apr 27 - 7:59 PM
Source: MLB.com

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According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have been encouraged by Pablo Sandoval's "approach and results" toward dropping weight over the last two weeks.

Sandoval landed on the disabled list after the first week of the regular season with a left shoulder sprain and there was a report from Yahoo Sports stating that the Red Sox have "no intention of playing him unless he loses weight" before returning to the active roster. Bradford hasn't heard anything like that from Red Sox officials, but there probably is a number (as in, pounds) that the club would like Sandoval to reach while he rehabs his shoulder injury. He's scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews for a followup shoulder exam on Monday. A return to baseball activities could follow.
Source: WEEI
Apr 27 - 9:21 AM

Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) will have another visit with Dr. James Andrews in two weeks.

Andrews was unable to make a diagnosis on Monday because of lingering inflammation in Sandoval's left shoulder and instead administered the big third baseman a cortisone shot. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski told reporters on Friday that there is "a lot going on" in the joint. It's possible Kung Fu Panda needs surgery. Consider him out indefinitely for now.
Apr 18 - 2:44 PM

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Friday that there's "a lot going on" with Pablo Sandoval's left shoulder and he could require surgery.

The comments come shortly after we found out Sandoval will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. It's unclear how Sandoval was initially injured or the specifics of the ailment, but it's obvious at this point that it's something that could keep him on the shelf for a long time.
Apr 15 - 4:41 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

There's been some speculation that Sandoval isn't really hurt and the Red Sox made up a phantom injury in order to get him off the roster, but this news suggests he's indeed hurt. More will be known about the third baseman's timetable for a return after he's looked at by Andrews.
Apr 15 - 2:46 PM

Pablo Sandoval's former trainer Ethan Banning said Sandoval needs a "baby sitter" to help him watch his weight.

"He needs to be smart enough to say there’s problem," said Banning. "It’s not an exercise thing, it’s an eating thing." Banning worked with Sandoval during the 2010 and 2011 offseasons. According to Banning, Sandoval once gained 21 pounds in just 21 days during a trip home to Venezuela. "He loves to be loved by people," said Banning. "And the way that (Venezuelan) culture connects is through food." We're guessing Sandoval's DL stint has much more to do with his weight problems than his injured shoulder. Sandoval's brother has been in touch with Banning so maybe the two will reconnect.
Apr 14 - 10:17 PM

Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

Beat writer Rob Bradford said the results won't be available until Friday at the earliest. This would suggest Panda is legitimately hurt and Boston didn't create a phantom injury just to make him go away for a while. So far, the Red Sox have only diagnosed him with a strained shoulder. Sandoval wasn't playing much to begin with, so this won't have much bearing on John Farrell's lineup choices. Travis Shaw is locked in as the everyday third baseman.
Apr 14 - 4:16 PM

According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, Pablo Sandoval "wants to stay in Boston only if he can play every day."

Sandoval lost his starting third base job this spring after showing up to camp out of shape and getting outplayed in the Grapefruit League by Travis Shaw. Boston placed the 29-year-old on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with what was called a left shoulder sprain, but Passan says Sandoval hasn't even undergone an MRI. Nobody is going to take on the $77.4 million that Sandoval is still owed, and all the headaches that come with him. There was rumor of trade interest from the Padres this spring, but Passan says that has "cooled."
Source: Yahoo Sports
Apr 14 - 12:11 AM

Red Sox placed 3B Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 11, with a left shoulder sprain.

Sandoval had been dealing with a back injury during spring training, but it appears this stint on the disabled list is not related to that. The Sox haven't just put Sandoval on the DL, though. They have also outlined a conditioning program in the hopes that the third baseman might be able to cut back on some of his weight issues. There is no current timetable for his return. Travis Shaw is Boston's starting third baseman.
Apr 13 - 4:39 PM

Pablo Sandoval (back) said he's about "90 percent" recovered from his spring back injury.

But the reason he's on the bench Opening Day in Cleveland is because he lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw this spring. Sandoval is still owed $72.4 million. He carries very little fantasy upside as is.
Apr 4 - 2:05 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears that the Padres' reported interest in Pablo Sandoval is "overblown."

The Padres have had interest in Sandoval in the past and have reportedly had some talks about him internally recently, but it doesn't appear that anything is going to come of this. Sandoval has $72.4 million remaining on his contract and is now a bench player, so it's obviously going to be very difficult for the Red Sox to move him anywhere.
Apr 1 - 4:56 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Padres "have talked internally" about Pablo Sandoval.

It backs up a previous report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that said the Padres had been scouting Sandoval. Heyman notes that San Diego's level of interest in the third baseman is "unknown" at this point, but it does appear they're doing their homework. The revelation isn't terribly surprising, as the Padres had heavy interest in Sandoval a couple winters ago when he was a free agent. The Red Sox would surely love to trade the benched third baseman, but it's a matter of how much of Sandoval's contract they'd agree to pay and also what the Padres would give up in return.
Apr 1 - 1:19 PM

Pablo Sandoval will open the 2016 season as a backup at third base to Travis Shaw.

Red Sox manager John Farrell met with both players on Thursday morning to explain his decision. Sandoval is due $17.6 million in 2016 and he is owed a total of $72.4 million from Boston through 2020, but the 29-year-old showed up to camp this spring with a gut and simply got beat out for the starting job by Shaw. It's the correct move right now for the Red Sox, who will try to survive yet another expense mistake.
Mar 31 - 10:16 AM

Pablo Sandoval (back) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game

Sandoval has been dealing with some back tightness, but he played five innings at third base and logged three at-bats in a minor league game Monday and had no issues. It appears that he'll be fine for the start of the season, but he's going to have to fight off Travis Shaw to keep his job at third base.
Mar 29 - 9:41 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Padres are scouting Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Yangervis Solarte currently projects to open the season as the Padres' starting third baseman, but the club was interested in Sandoval last winter before he landed a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox. His first season in Boston obviously didn't go so well. Just because the Padres had a scout watching Sandoval doesn't mean that a trade is imminent, but Cafardo speculates that a deal could involve James Shields, who has $65 million remaining on his contract with the Padres. Meanwhile, the Red Sox still owe $77.4 million to Sandoval. Boston would almost certainly have to throw in a very good prospect (and cover some of the money involved) to make it worth San Diego's while.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 28 - 6:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2Ryan Hanigan
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
CF1Jackie Bradley
2Chris Young
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Clay Buchholz
3Rick Porcello
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Koji Uehara
3Carson Smith
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Heath Hembree
9Pat Light
10Brandon Workman