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Published: Sat, April 16, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Boston Red Sox Rumors

Boston Red Sox Rumors

The Boston Red Sox have placed Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

The team recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the roster. The former World Series MVP is 0-for-6 in three appearances this season. Travis Shaw has shown he's more than capable of manning third base defensively, and he's got a much better bat than Sandoval at the moment.

After signing a five-year, $95 million deal with the Red Sox in 2014, Sandoval under-produced in his first year and they failed to make the postseason.

You're on the go! The fact that Holt, who is a utility player, won the primary job reveals yet again that Farrell and the Red Sox do not care how much a certain player earns. While on a trip home to Venezuela for Christmas in 2011, Sandoval gained 21 pounds in 21 days, Banning told the Herald.

Perhaps the controversy will have died down a bit by the time David Price takes the mound Monday afternoon, but ever since John Farrell announced the ace would be pushed back a day, letting Steven Wright make Sunday's start, there has been buzz.

In case you missed it, the Boston Herald today published an interview with Ethan Banning, a trainer who formerly worked with Sandoval.

"I wake up and I can't move my arm, " Sandoval said.

"The thing that we continue to encourage and outline to him is his early work, his pregame work is going to be critical". "He's been hitting a lot - extra".

Sandoval's injury, which, at first glance, might have appeared like a convenient way for the Red Sox to push him off their active roster, could require surgery. Designated Hitter, at least for this season, is occupied; compounded by Sandoval's worst offensive year of his career last season (.245/.292/.366, 10 HR, 47 RBI). From the start of camp, when Sandoval's waistline turned into a headline and devolved into a punchline, his fit with the Red Sox was iffy. By the time Sandoval made his fourth error in Grapefruit League action, Shaw's starting spot at third seemed assured for Opening Day.

All of this could be moot, of course, if the prospect of paying Sandoval for almost four years of zero production scares the Red Sox off the idea of trading or releasing him. The new front office headlined by Dave Dombrowski owes no allegiance to Sandoval and would be more than happy to wash their hands of another mistake made by their predecessors, but they know that the more than $75 million remaining on Sandoval's contract is simply too much to swallow by flat out releasing him.

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