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Pablo Sandoval | Third Baseman | #48

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 255
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / SF
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Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) could return this season "if the need arises."
Sandoval is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's made two appearances in the fall instructional league at DH and took batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday. It's still a long shot but there's an outside chance Panda could make the postseason roster, particularly if something happens to Aaron Hill, Travis Shaw or Brock Holt over the next week. Sep 24 - 4:34 PM

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WEEI's Rob Bradford relays that Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) has lost 22 pounds during his rehab.

Sandoval underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in early May. While the shoulder injury was not outwardly caused by the third baseman's overweight ways, he has focused on trimming down this summer in an effort to enter 2017 on the right track. He remains under contract through 2019, so it is in the best interest of all involved for there to be a positive outcome after this lost season.
Aug 24 - 4:18 PM

Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald "we absolutely need" Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) next season.

Sandoval has been a complete bust since joining the Red Sox in 2015 and barely played this year because of a shoulder injury. However, with David Ortiz departing Sandoval could have a role next year as the starting DH. Travis Shaw would remain at third base in that scenario with Hanley Ramirez handling first. Of course, if top prospect Yoan Moncada can make a smooth transition to the hot corner, it could create a domino effect with Shaw moving to first and Ramirez sliding in at DH. Sandoval, who has reportedly lost 15 pounds while rehabbing this summer, is under contract through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
Aug 23 - 12:22 PM

Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) has lost 15 pounds while working out 5-6 days a week at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Fort Myers.

That's good news as long as he can keep off the weight. Sandoval's weight gain last offseason was a major storyline in spring training and certainly played a role in John Farrell's decision to go with Travis Shaw as the Red Sox's starting third baseman. With top prospect Yoan Moncada transitioning to third base, Sandoval faces an uncertain future in Boston. Sandoval is still recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery but should be ready for spring training.
Aug 13 - 10:20 PM

Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) will begin "light baseball activities" on Monday.

He's six weeks removed from shoulder surgery. Sandoval is slightly ahead of schedule but is still expected to miss the rest of the 2016 season. The 29-year-old has hit just .242 since joining the Red Sox in 2015.
Jun 16 - 6:05 PM

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

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.
Source: MLB.com
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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Ryan Hanigan
3Bryan Holaday
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Marco Hernandez
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Yoan Moncada
4Pablo Sandoval
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Brock Holt
3Chris Young
4Blake Swihart
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Fernando Abad
6Robbie Ross
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Robby Scott
10Joe Kelly
11Heath Hembree
12Noe Ramirez
13Carson Smith
14Brandon Workman