The Boston Red Sox will place third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list after he suffered a left shoulder strain. It is unclear when he will return to the lineup.

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Sandoval Undergoes MRI 

Friday, April 15

Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said Sandoval has “a lot going on with his shoulder,” per Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Dombrowski added Sandoval will see Dr. James Andrews and that surgery is an option.

On Wednesday, Sandoval said he woke up not having any feeling in his arm, which also happened to him in 2011, per Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

How Sandoval’s Absence Impacts Red Sox

Rob Bradford of WEEI reported Josh Rutledge will replace 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 formula 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 “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.”

In all likelihood, this is as much a move for Sandoval’s mental health as it is anything. Manager John Farrell categorized it as a chance to “step away from the scrutiny,” per  of the Providence Journal.

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.

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