Pablo Sandoval Feels Good After 6th Rehab Start With Paw Sox
Pablo Sandoval played in his sixth game with the Paw Sox Saturday Night, as he continues to rehab from a right knee sprain that he suffered earlier this season. Defensively, tonight he didn’t make any of those typical Pablo errors we are accustomed to seeing during his time with the Red Sox. In the 3rd inning, Durham Bulls center fielder, Johnny Field, hit a rocket to the short stop side of 3rd base. Pablo Sandoval dove for it and got the runner out at 1st base. He was able to move around the field tonight defensively and on the base paths.
“Its also building up stamina” said manager Kevin Boles, “getting the innings, getting his legs underneath him a little bit. Building himself some strength and some stamina with his legs. But he’s done well.
Pablo Sandoval At The Plate
At the plate tonight, he was 0 for 3 with 1 walk and 1 strike out. Pablo Sandoval ended up lining out to the left fielder Jake Bauers in his 1st at bad in the 1st inning. In the 4th inning, Sandoval hit a weak ground ball to the short stop Willy Adames, who threw a ball short of the 1st basemen Casey Gillaspie who couldn’t pick the throw. His next time batting in the 5th inning, Sandoval worked a walk before Steve Selsky hit a 3 run home run into the berm in left field. His 4th and final time up in the 7th inning, Sandoval struck out swinging.
“His work outs have been good, he’s performed in the games, there doesn’t seem to be any hesitation, you still see how aggressive he is at the plate. He’s coming along, he’s doing a nice job” said Boles.
Health Going Forward
“(Sandoval) felt really good” said manager Kevin Boles after the game. “That’s two back to back 9 innings games, and he’s progressing well. He’s aggressive, there is no hesitation from what we have seen here so far”.
This is a positive sign if you are the Boston Red Sox. You paid $95 million dollars to have him play the hot corner for the five seasons, and you want him to be a productive member of your starting line up. It appears that the Red Sox are high on Sandoval being a big part of this team going forward.
Third base has been sort of a mystery on the young season. Deven Marrero has played very well defensively for the Red Sox, but his bat continues to be the big question. Sandoval has more of an upside at the plate, and if he can be good defensively, that is a big plus for a team looking to win a world series.