After his starting job was already in jeopardy when healthy, Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is now set to miss the rest of the 2016 season with a shoulder injury. After having it previously called a strain, a second opinion by Dr James Andrews revealed otherwise.
The 29-year old was recently just signed to a five-year, $95 million contract back in the fall of 2014, making this right now seem like a free agent bust signing in the making. Coming into spring training, Sandoval was called out by the coaching staff and media for appearing “overweight”. This caused many fans to worry, seeing that their supposed hero could after all be just an average Joe.
In his only start of the regular season, Sandoval went 0-6 with 4 strikeouts against the Blue Jays. Just four days later? He was placed on the DL by the Red Sox with complaints about his left shoulder, leading us to this story.
What do the Sox do about Sandoval? Last season was the worst of his career when it came to offense, batting .245 with only 10 HR. He was only brought into the organization because of his winning attributes, seeing that he won 3 championships in 5 years with the San Francisco Giants. What about now though? Obviously Panda has cut down on some of his weight, but is he still too much dead weight for the Red Sox?
Cutting Sandoval would be too expensive obviously, so look for the Red Sox to ship out Sandoval once he is healthy in the future. Reports from the previous month made it appear that teams such as the Padres could have some interest in the third baseman, although their views might have changed since the news about the surgery has come out.