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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”