Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his left shoulder in the coming days, a procedure that will sideline him for an extended period and could spell the end of his 2016 season.
Sandoval was placed on the DL last month with soreness in his left shoulder. He received a diagnosis from the Red Sox medical staff, but requested a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, one of the country's prominent orthopedic surgeons.
Sandoval visited Andrews less than two weeks ago, but the soreness and inflammation in the shoulder joint was so severe that Andrews couldn't complete the examination. The exam was then rescheduled until Monday.
The Red Sox did not announce the specific nature of the procedure, but in a release, said they would do so after the surgery is performed by Andrews later this week.
It's been widely speculated that Sandoval is dealing with an injury to either the labrum or rotator cuff. Last month, when Sandoval was initially put on the disabled list, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said only that there was "a great deal going on'' in Sandoval's shoulder. Citing HIPA laws, Dombrowski said he couldn't reveal specifics.
On Tuesday morning, ESPN's Buster Olney shed more light into the issue:
Pablo Sandoval's shoulder surgery is reconstructive, which is why he'll take so long to come back.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 3, 2016
It's been an eventful and unhappy season for Sandoval to date. In spring training, he was beaten out for the starting third baseman's job by Travis Shaw, who performed better in the field and at the plate throughout March.
Sandoval had only six hitless at-bats when he was placed on the DL on April 13, retroactive to April 11. On the morning of April 11, Sandoval reported to Fenway Park and told the training staff he had limited range of movement in the shoulder. Sandoval couldn't identify a particular play or event that may have first caused the injury.