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Pablo Sandoval Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Elbow and Return

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured Columnist

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) sits on the bench before the start of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Atlanta. Boston third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been benched by manager John Farrell after using his Instagram account during a loss to the Braves on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Barash)
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Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is back in the lineup, batting sixth and playing third base as the team takes on the Cleveland Indians, via Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

Sandoval was out of the lineup on Sunday after he suffered a bruised elbow as a result of getting hit by a pitch in Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners. X-rays were negative on the injury, according to the Providence Journal's Tim Britton.

This wasn't the first time an errant pitch has put the Red Sox third baseman out of commission this season; he missed five games from May 19-25 after being hit by a pitch in the knee. 

Missing time is nothing new for Sandoval, who missed 99 games between the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, as Bleacher Report's Adam Wells noted. 

Sandoval is a legitimate power threat, but he has struggled to find his form in his debut season at Fenway Park. He's hitting just .259 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI, as the Red Sox sit in the AL East cellar, 12.5 games back of the division-leading New York Yankees. 

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