The Red Sox announced earlier today that Pablo Sandoval would undergo shoulder surgery, which I suppose settles whether he had a real injury or was faking it. According to a report from ESPN, Sandoval’s surgery will take him out for the rest of the season. From the report:
Red Sox officials deferred additional comment until after Andrews performs the procedure and declined to offer an updated diagnosis of an injury that had previously been classified as a “strain” or a timetable for Sandoval’s recovery. A source told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that Sandoval is expected to miss the rest of this season.
“We will have a more definitive explanation after the surgery,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said via text message when asked about the diagnosis.
Sandoval’s last few months have been incredibly tumultuous, with questions over his eating habits, a strange injury diagnosis, and finally, the loss of his starting job. He’s managed six at-bats, four strikeouts, one walk, and 8.5 Deadspin stories since the end of last season. Here’s to hoping he comes back healthy and motivated next year, so he can swing at outrageous pitches some more.