9:35pm: Sandoval told reporters tonight that the MRI results on his shoulder weren’t promising, thus necessitating the second opinion, as Mastrodonato reports (links to Twitter). He still doesn’t know whether to expect a surgical outcome, however.
The veteran also denied a recent report suggesting that he doesn’t wish to stay in Boston if he isn’t an everyday player. “I didn’t say that,” said Sandoval. “When did I say that. A report? Like I said I’m here for my teammates … I’m not here to distract.”
3:52pm: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who hit the disabled list with a shoulder injury earlier this week, is headed to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his shoulder following yesterday’s MRI, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).
The club will await those results before reaching any conclusions, but surgery of some kind remains a possibility, club president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters, including Peter Abraham of the Boston Glove (via Twitter). There’s “a lot going on in [the] shoulder,” said Dombrowski.
These latest bits of information certainly appear to suggest that there could be a physical issue that has limited Sandoval. Whether or not that helps to explain his struggles — or offers optimism for a solution — remains to be seen. While it’s obviously somewhat strange to suggest that an injury could be a positive, in this case it may open some avenues to improve a difficult situation.
As Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald explained on this morning’s podcast (before the latest news), it’s far from clear that Sandoval has a real role on the current roster. But an absence that stretches beyond the 15-day minimum would certainly place a rehab stint on the table, and create some time and space for both player and team to assess things (if not also to regain some positive momentum).