Pablo Sandoval's situation with the Boston Red Sox only grows more complicated by the day. The third baseman was placed on the 15-day DL by the Red Sox last week, a move many fans perceived as an excuse not to play Sandoval until he either got into better shape or the Red Sox figured out what to do with him.
But on Monday, Sandoval had an appointment with the renowned Dr. James Andrews to get his shoulder checked out, and Red Sox manager John Farrell made it sound like the injury is serious. He told reporters that Sandoval was so sore that he was unable to get a full exam.
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"He had the exam here today with Dr. Andrews. He's still very sore," said Farrell. "To say there was a full exam conducted, Dr. Andrews couldn't because of the soreness. He was given an ejection to calm the inflammation down. At this point he will be re-examined likely by Dr. Andrews in a few weeks."
But the story only gets stranger from there. Many fans and media personalities questioned the idea that Sandoval was too sore to be evaluated by Andrews, and Dr. Thomas Gill, the former Red Sox team physician, made an appearance on WEEI radio Tuesday to give his thoughts on the report.
Former Red Sox/Pats team doc, Dr. Gill on Pablo not being able to get full exam: "I've never heard of this before. It is a head scratcher."— Joe Zarbano (@JoeZWEEI) April 19, 2016
Dr. Gill on @WEEI talking Sandoval situation: 'It is pretty confusing, I have to be honest'— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) April 19, 2016
Dr. Gill is no longer the Red Sox team doctor and is not currently treating Sandoval, so anything he says should be taken with a grain of salt, but his comments on Sandoval do not help clear up the situation.
Sandoval played in three games for the Red Sox this season before he was placed on the DL and is 0-for-6 with one walk and four strikeouts.