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Red Sox notes: Sandoval's shoulder; Swihart's demotion


Red Sox notes: Sandoval's shoulder; Swihart's demotion

BOSTON - We'll know more about Pablo Sandoval's mysterious shoulder injury after Monday's second opinion with Dr. James Andrews.

Sandoval will hop a flight Sunday night for Dr. Andrews' office and return back to the team Monday night.

Andrews and Red Sox team doctor Peter Asnis will then convene and determine the best course of action for Sandoval and his suddenly bum shoulder.

And no, Sandoval can't pinpoint a specific instance in which he hurt the shoulder. He's also never had previous shoulder pain before, according to John Farrell.

Sandoval was hanging out in the Red Sox clubhouse before Saturday's game, wearing a huge wrap around his shoulder.

For what it's worth, he appeared to be in good spirits, joking with Xander Bogaerts for a bit. John Farrell walked by Sandoval's locker and chatted with him as well.

Where things go from here for Sandoval is anybody's guess. You have to assume the second opinion means this isn't just some phony injury to get him off the roster. But at the same time, it's a bit head-scratching as to how it came about and certainly doesn't feel like a coincidence after Sandoval had been benched for Travis Shaw to start the season.

2. Keep an eye on the Blake Swihart situation.

Apparently the Red Sox feel anybody can play left field. Sick of your desk job? Hop on over to the Sox. Tired of school? Quit! You can just play left field in Boston.

It's not like their left field is unique in any way.

But seriously, the move to option Blake Swihart to the PawSox was a little surprising, but not when you consider how great Christian Vazquez is at playing catcher. It's more to do with Vazquez than Swihart, who isn't a bad defensive catcher, but just isn't close to Vazquez.

Vazquez is healthy, he's going to be the catcher. That's what Friday's transaction signaled.

And it was furthered by the news that the Sox were going to have Swihart take some fly balls out in left field. That's the beginning of the end of Swihart's catching career in Boston.

While Farrell said he fully acknowledged Swihart's disappointment in being optioned, he said the team has made it clear to Swihart how they feel about him and his longterm future. They can see both Swihart on the roster and in the same lineup.

"I think any player if they understand where they stand within an organization," Farrell said, "how they're viewed, and what the discussion is about the potential end result . . . All a player wants to know is where do I stand, and they'll figure out with guidance and help how we get to that end point. And Blake is no different than that. He knows that we value him. He's an important player for us not only now but for a lot of years to come and I think he appreciated that candidness that we spoke with him yesterday."

Actions speak louder than words, so we'll see if Swihart really does get a shot back behind the plate in Boston. We'll also see if Swihart really wants to give up catching . . .

3. David Price has a chance to fix that one bad inning.

David Price had a strong Opening Day here in Boston in the beginning of the week, but his stat line wouldn't really show that. That's because he gave up a five-spot in one inning, when he allowed a two-run blooper and then a three-run homer.

Price will have his hands full once again on Saturday against a Blue Jays offense considered by many to be the best in the big leagues. Price, however, is no stranger to the Blue Jays have pitched against them many times before he joined the team last season.

Price has an ERA of 5.73 through two games, obviously high, but he also has 18 strikeouts.

"What kind of stands out is the strikeout totals, which for a guy who has been a Cy Young Award winner, a very accomplished pitcher, those numbers are big even for him," Farrell said. "It may have led to some elevated pitch counts the first couple of starts. I think the fact that he's now in start three for us, he's going up against a lineup he's familiar with both either pitching for them or against them, looking forward to him getting out on the mound today."

Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”


John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.