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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: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / SF
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Pablo Sandoval smashed a three-run homer in a 7-5 win over the Rays on Saturday.
He finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He hit the home run off Blake Snell in the fifth inning. Sandoval was terrible in 2015 and missed all but three games of 2016 with a shoulder injury. The Red Sox took some heat over the winter for not bringing in an alternative to Sandoval at the hot corner. So far he has justified their faith in him, notching a .353 batting average with four home runs in 51 at-bats. Mar 25 - 6:03 PM

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Pablo Sandoval connected for two home runs and drove home four RBI in a win over the Twins on Saturday.

He finished 2-for-4 on the day and has his batting average up to .333 for the spring. The Red Sox banked on Sandoval returning to form this season and so far they haven't been disappointed. He made it through only three games last year before succumbing to shoulder surgery.
Mar 18 - 6:39 PM

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the spring Sunday against the Phillies.

The two-run homer came off Aaron Nola. Sandoval is batting .370 with three extra-base hits through 26 at-bats, and there haven't been any complaints about his defense thus far. The Red Sox couldn't have hoped for anything more.
Mar 12 - 4:16 PM

Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-3 with an RBI in a win over the Rays on Saturday.

He maintained his batting average at .333 in 27 at-bats thus far in Grapefruit League play. He has yet to hit a home run but seems to be in much better physical condition this year than last. The Red Sox are counting on him to return to form after playing only three games due to shoulder surgery in 2016.
Mar 11 - 5:34 PM

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a double Tuesday against the Yankees.

Everyone around Red Sox camp is watching Sandoval very closely this spring. That he's in better shape is obvious, but that won't count for much if his shoulder isn't back at 100 percent, allowing him to swing the bat with authority. It'd certainly be nice to see some power from his prior to Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 5:30 PM

Pablo Sandoval has resumed switch-hitting.

He struggled mightily from the right side in 2015 and eventually abandoned hitting right-handed altogether before giving it another go this offseason. Sandoval worked tirelessly with Miguel Cabrera to repair his swing and has looked comfortable hitting from the right side at spring training. Sandoval is looking to bounce back after shoulder surgery limited him to just three games in 2016. The 30-year-old has reportedly lost over 40 pounds since last season.
Feb 18 - 6:10 PM

Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports that Pablo Sandoval reported to camp with his weight "in the 240s."

It was reported back in December that he was below 250 pounds, so not much has changed. Still, he's about 40 pounds below his peak weight from last season. If anything, it shows his dedication about getting his career back on track after shoulder surgery and two disappointing seasons in Boston. Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada were both traded during the offseason, so Sandoval is going to get every chance to win the starting third base job back. He's going to be an important player to track this spring.
Feb 16 - 5:02 PM

Pablo Sandoval's weight has dropped below 250 pounds.

He's listed at 255 pounds, but we suspect Panda was much heavier than that before he began losing weight. Sandoval posted several videos of his workouts on Instagram recently and he does look noticeably slimmer. His role was up in the air for a while, but after trading away Travis Shaw and top prospect Yoan Moncada, it appears that Sandoval is ready to reclaim his position as the Red Sox's starting third baseman. Sandoval looks to be in good shape, but a bounce-back season is far from a guarantee.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 07:19:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, the Giants have not discussed trading for Pablo Sandoval, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft.

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Giants were considering trying to acquire Sandoval from the Red Sox but Haft said that isn't the case. The Giants are content with starting Eduardo Nunez at third base and are focused on upgrading at closer. GM Bobby Evans confirmed that Sandoval is not on the team's radar. "I’m not aware of any consideration of a reunion, but we’ll never forget all that he meant to the Giants organization," said Evans. Coming off shoulder surgery, Sandoval will presumably compete with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt for the starting job third base job in Boston this spring.
Source: giants.com
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:44:00 PM

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that the Giants have considered trying to acquire Pablo Sandoval from the Red Sox.

Sandoval missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to a left shoulder injury and is still owed another $58 million through 2019. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski could be willing to eat part of Sandoval's salary in order to clear the way for Yoan Moncada to take over at third base while saving some on what looks to be an awful contract dished out by his predecessor. Sandoval loved his time playing for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy seems to know how to handle him, making a reunion potentially viable.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 07:17:00 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Pablo Sandoval has made "tremendous strides in the dietary aspects of his life."

It had been reported previously that Sandoval had lost over 20 pounds while rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Of course, he's lost plenty of weight before, only to gain it back when his old habits kicked in. Sandoval will have to fight for a starting job in spring training, so perhaps he's finally motivated.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 07:58:00 PM

Red Sox activated 3B Pablo Sandoval from the 60-day disabled list.

Sandoval appeared in only three games this season for the Red Sox before requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He's lost some weight on his rehab and the Red Sox expect him to compete for the starting third base job next spring with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt. Sandoval is still owed a whopping $54.8 million on a contract that runs through 2019.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 03:42:00 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski indicated Tuesday that Pablo Sandoval is expected to compete with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt for the starting third base job in the spring.

Sandoval underwent season-ending surgery back in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He lost over 20 pounds during his rehab and Dombrowski praised his recent work at the team's complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Sandoval is still under contract through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 03:02:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 04:34:00 PM

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.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 04:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
3Marco Hernandez
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Carlos Quentin
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Bryce Brentz
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
8Henry Owens
9Kyle Kendrick
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott