The Red Sox are encouraged by Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning progress the past few weeks


Rob Bradford of WEEI has an omnibus Pablo Sandoval update.

Short version: the Sox will know more about his status early next week. He’s finally going back to Dr. Andrews for a consult on his shoulder, which Andrews was not able to do previously because Sandoval was experiencing too much pain. It should go down on Monday. Bradford has some backfill on the history of Sandoval’s shoulder issues, dating back to his Giants days, and the Sox’ awareness of previous problems. There are also some interesting observations about how the Red Sox deal with insuring players for injuries, which they have apparently not done in Sandoval’s case.

Additional takeaway: the Sox deny Jeff Passan’s report from a couple of weeks ago that there is some sort of mandate on Sandoval to lose a certain amount of weight before he can play again, even if his shoulder is OK. Bradford said that the Sox are monitoring Sandoval’s progress since he went on the disabled list and that they’re “encouraged” by what he’s been doing since he’s been out, conditioning wise.

In the past Sandoval has gone back and forth in this department, dropping weight and improving fitness when the Giants leaned on him, backsliding when they didn’t. It’s obviously a struggle for him, but he has shown that he’s capable of righting things when he has to. The shoulder here is an obvious wrinkle and a potentially major one, but we’ll know more in the coming days.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.