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."