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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
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox transferred 3B Pablo Sandoval from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Sean O'Sullivan. Sandoval is out for the season following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. May 6 - 3:41 PM

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Pablo Sandoval underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Just as many national media members had been reporting. Sandoval appeared in only three games this season for the Red Sox after showing up to camp out of shape and losing his starting third base job to Travis Shaw. He is still owed $58 million guaranteed.
May 3 - 4:16 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that Pablo Sandoval's left shoulder surgery was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

The Red Sox haven't released any specifics, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the procedure included a repair of a labrum tear and cleanup of his rotator cuff. The expectation is that he'll the entire 2016 season. Sandoval is still owed $53 million from 2017-2019 with $17 million club option or a $5 million buyout for 2020.
May 3 - 1:15 PM

Pablo Sandoval needs reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported Monday night that the surgery is "significant" and the odds are against Sandoval playing this season, so Olney's report appears to jibe with that. The 29-year-old has received all sorts of criticism for his level of fitness, but his situation is much more complicated. The big question is what sort of future Sandoval has in Boston. He still has three guaranteed years (and $58 million) on his contract. The Red Sox will have the DH spot open after David Ortiz retires, so that could be where Sandoval slots in if healthy in 2017. A change of scenery might be the best for all involved, but the Red Sox would have to pick up most of his remaining contract for anyone to take a chance on him.
May 3 - 8:52 AM

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe hears from a source that Pablo Sandoval faces "significant" surgery on his left shoulder.

The Red Sox have yet to announce the details of the surgery, but Abraham hears that the "odds are against" Sandoval playing this season. The Red Sox haven't missed him in the early part of the season, as Travis Shaw has taken advantage of regular playing time at third base by batting .322/.390/.533 over 25 games. For what it's worth, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Sandoval's contract with the Red Sox is not insured. The first two years of his contract have been a disaster.
May 2 - 8:13 PM

Pablo Sandoval will require surgery on his ailing left shoulder.

Sandoval got the bad news Monday during a follow-up exam with Dr. James Andrews. The extent of the damage isn't yet known, but Travis Shaw is now locked in as the regular third baseman. Sandoval is still owed $53 million from 2017-2019 with $17 million club option or a $5 million buyout for 2020.
May 2 - 7:38 PM

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

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

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C1Christian Vazquez
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1B1Hanley Ramirez
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2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
2Chris Young
3Blake Swihart
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
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3Rick Porcello
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
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2Koji Uehara
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7Matt Barnes
8Heath Hembree
9Noe Ramirez
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