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

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval removes his helmet and walks out of the batter's box after striking out swinging to end the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The Boston Red Sox placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list on April 11 after he suffered a left shoulder strain. The injury ended up requiring surgery, and Sandoval is not expected to return this season.

Continue for updates.


Sandoval Shoulder Surgery Details Revealed

Tuesday, May 3

The Red Sox announced that Sandoval's surgery was successful and he is expected to miss the remainder of the season, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said he isn't sure how Sandoval tore his labrum, per Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that Sandoval's surgery was "complicated," including repair of a torn labrum and clean-up work on his rotator cuff.

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported on Monday that Sandoval's contract is not insured, which means the Red Sox can't recover any money due to injury, per Rosenthal.


How Sandoval's Absence Impacts Red Sox

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Utility infielder Josh Rutledge replaced Sandoval on the 25-man roster. 

Sandoval, 29, is without a hit in six at-bats this season and lost his starting job to Travis Shaw. 

One of Boston's major offseason signings prior to the 2015 campaign, Sandoval's time in Boston has not gone to plan. He hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI last season while playing perhaps the worst defense of his career. FanGraphs' WAR graded it as his worst season by far.

"Every year I have to prove something to my teammates, to the fans, to everybody," Sandoval said in March, per Scott Lauber of ESPN.com. "Why am I going to get mad? We are teammates, we're playing good. It's not my decision; it's not [Shaw's] decision. We're going to keep playing and working hard."

The Red Sox aren't going to see much impact on their on-field product given they weren't using Sandoval much as it was.