Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 3 days ago

Sandoval batted from the left side against Minnesota left-hander Glen Perkins and singled in Tuesday night's loss.

In two straight opportunities against south-paws, Sandoval has eschewed batting from the right side and reached base safely on hits. There's been recent talk of Sandoval giving up on switch hitting and the evidence out there for all to see: he's batting .049 from the right side and .349 from the left. Those are the widest splits of any qualifying switch-hitter in baseball.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 4 days ago

Manager John Farrell said there have been discussions "off and on" with Sandoval about the idea of giving up on switch-hitting, the Boston Globe reports. The third baseman is hitting .049 (2-for-41) batting right-handed this season.

Going back to the start of the 2014 season, Sandoval is hitting .172 right-handed, so it was interesting to see him go left-on-left as a pinch-hitter over the weekend (he singled). Ultimately, Farrell said the decision's up to the player, but you got to think the manager is secretly hoping for Sandoval to make the switch to batting left-handed solely given his recent track record.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 4 days ago

Sandoval went 0-for-4 in his return to the starting lineup Monday. The third baseman sat out five games after getting hit by pitch on the left knee last week.

Sandoval had made a couple of pinch-hitting appearances, but Monday was his first time in the field since suffering the injury.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 5 days ago

Sandoval (knee) is back in the lineup Monday against the Twins, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

Sandoval was used as a pinch hitter Saturday, marking his first appearance since he left Tuesday's game with a left knee contusion. His return to the day after he pinch hit, and he should be good to go moving forward barring a setback of some kind.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 6 days ago

Sandoval (knee) was used as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's win over the Angels. He came in for Brock Holt, who left the game with an injury to his left hand, and singled in a run.

For the first time since 2011, Sandoval batted lefty against a left-handed pitcher. The switch-hitting Sandoval entered the game hitting just .049 (2-for-41) against southpaws this season, all from the right side, but changed it up Sunday. He said batting lefty wasn't because of his problems this season, rather it was a matter of his still-sore left knee, which would be the front knee when hitting right-handed.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 6 days ago

Sandoval (knee) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.

Sandoval took a seat Saturday with lefty C.J. Wilson on the mound, and will do so once again with southpaw Hector Santiago set to take the hill for the opposing Angels. In his absence, Brock Holt will man the hot corner. Look for Sandoval to return to action Monday against the Twins, as right-hander Ricky Nolasco is the scheduled starting pitcher.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 6 days ago

Sandoval (knee) would have started Saturday had the Red Sox been facing a right-handed starter, the Boston Globe reports. "If there was a right-handed starter on the mound, he'd be in the lineup," manager John Farrell said. "But with [C.J.] Wilson going, it was a chance to give him another day down."

Apparently, Sandoval's knee is ready to return, but his .049 average against lefties (2-for-41) was the deciding factor to give him another day. Boston will face left-hander Hector Santiago on Sunday, so Farrell will face a similar decision.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 7 days ago

Sandoval (knee) is out of the lineup Saturday, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports.

This will be his fourth straight game out of the lineup with the knee injury and it was anticipated that he would return Friday, so his absence is a little bothersome. Brock Holt will get the start at third base Saturday and Sandoval should be considered day-to-day for now.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 1 week ago

Sandoval (knee) is out of the lineup Friday against the Angels.

Sandoval was expected to return to the lineup Friday after taking a pitch off the knee Tuesday, which caused him to miss the last two games. Brock Holt will get the start at third base for Sandoval on Friday.

Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 1 week ago

Sandoval (knee) was used as a pinch-hitter in Thursday night's loss to the Rangers. He struck out batting for catcher Sandy Leon.

All indications coming out of Boston's clubhouse is that Sandoval is much improved after getting plunked off the knee Tuesday. He's expected to return to the lineup Friday.