Pablo Sandoval benched for liking photos on Instagram during last night’s game

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I sort of feel like this is the kind of thing that no one notice if he was still playing for the Giants. But Pablo Sandoval is playing for the Red Sox now and everyone’s watching everything. Including when you’re liking pretty girls’ photos on Instagram in the middle of a baseball game your team is losing.

Via CSNNE.com, we learn that Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports figured it out last night and tweeted it around:

The “like” happened at around 9:21 PM, which CSNNE.com notes would have put it at the top of the seventh inning when Rusney Castillo was at bat and Sandoval was the sixth batter due up. Sandoval admitted a little while ago that he did it while taking a bathroom break. Which, if we’re all honest, we all must admit we’ve done while on the clock.

The Red Sox learned about it today and, a few minutes ago, benched Sandoval for tonight’s game.

If you think in-game chicken and beer was bad, wait until the Boston columnists get their hands on this one. A losing team + in-game distractions from someone actually in the game + social media crap most of them don’t understand = a hilarious explosion of outrage, fake and otherwise.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.