Pablo Sandoval is ready to start his rehab assignment as a designated hitter on Friday, as the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham reported on Wednesday. He will be available on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster.
The third baseman suffered a right knee strain back on April 24, while hitting .213/.269/.377 in his first 17 games of this season. The Venezuelan infielder had just 13 hits, one double and three bombs, along with 10 runs batted in and seven runs scored, on the season.
Sandoval has had some troubles in the past two seasons as he arrived last spring with weight issues and he just played three games before he suffered an injury that kept him out for the rest of the 2016 season. He returned this year after he solved both issues, his weight problems and the injury per se, but then suffered this right knee strain.
Although he worked to solve his issues, his numbers aren't so far where the Boston Red Sox want them. After all, he signed a $95 million contract back in 2015, and he hasn’t produced at the level he was supposed to. However, he is on time to recover himself from all the issues he had in the past and give some happiness to the John Farrell’s team.
After all, Sandoval was a former World Series hero with the San Francisco Giants back in 2012. He won three World Series rings with his former club.