Pablo Sandoval missed a couple of games last week, came back on Sunday and had to leave early due to lightheadedness. He showed up for work the next day but sent home from Fenway Park on Monday with an illness. That illness has now been diagnosed: Sandoval has pneumonia.
He will be reexamined over the weekend, but given that the recovery time for such a beast is measured in weeks or possibly months, not days, his season is almost certainly finished.
If it is finished, it ends with him at a disappointing line of .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 runs driven in. That makes for easily his worst season as a major leaguer, and certainly not what the Red Sox were hoping for when they signed him last November.
Now, he’ll have the offseason to get healthy and hope to turn things around in 2016.