Today, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent surgery to repair a labrum tear as well as a general clean-up of his rotator cuff, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He will miss the rest of the season.
The team is reportedly hoping that the injury can help initiate a turnaround for the 29-year-old. Sandoval has been ripped apart by the fanbase for his struggles on the field and his complete refusal and inability to keep his weight in check, leading to the signing already being considered one of the worst in the team’s history.
Sandoval lost his starting spot to Travis Shaw before the season started, and was hitless in seven plate appearances this season before mysteriously going down with the injury.
Last year, Sandoval slashed just .245/.292/.366 and looked even worse coming into Spring Training. Sandoval, who was asked by the team to lose a significant amount of weight before the start of the season, showed up even more out of shape than at the end of last season.
In the short term, Sandoval’s absence from the team is a huge plus. He’s a problem in the locker room and an even bigger joke on the field. The issue is, Pablo has now gone from a player who sucks to a damaged player who sucks. If the team was hoping to move on from him once he returns from the DL, it could now be much, much harder.