A couple of injury updates from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox are preparing to open a two-game series against the Braves as part of a home-and-home with their “natural” rivals from Atlanta.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval said he’s feeling better and is on track to be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola, Fla. He’s on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain and had to postpone his first visit with Andrews last week because he was too sore to be examined.
“A lot better,” Sandoval said. “A lot better. It’s still sore, but we’ll see what’s going on. The inflammation at least went down, it’s to a good point, so now we’re going to see what’s going on there.”
Sandoval has been limited athletically since suffering the injury on April 14.
“What am I doing? Nothing,” he said. “Just cardio, icing. That’s the only thing I can do.”
Sandoval isn’t sure if he’ll avoid surgery. He’s waiting to hear what Andrews says.
“I don’t know. I’m not a doctor,” he said. “I’m going to let them make the decisions. I don’t know if I’m going to get surgery or not. At least I can move it around. The inflammation went down. I hope they can look at it and see what’s going on.”
In other injury news, right-hander Carson Smith was in the clubhouse, one day after throwing a simulated inning against hitters at Triple-A Pawtucket following a rainout.
“I did get rained out yesterday, but I was fortunate enough to get some work in in the bullpen with some hitters standing in,” Smith said. “We tried to emulate a game as best we could.”
The plan is to send him to Double-A Portland on Friday and see if he can bounce back again and pitch on Saturday before determining the next step. The Red Sox have suggested he could return next week, and he sounds confident he avoided a serious injury in spring training when he left the mound with elbow tightness.
“I’m very confident I’m ready to go,” Smith said. “The velocity is there, the movement is there, so I’m happy.”
Smith was injured on March 21 in Jupiter and feared the worst.
“It’s a big relief,” he said. “When you have elbow problems, I think any pitcher can say that’s the biggest scare, hearing all the Tommy John stories. I’m glad I dodged that bullet and am healthy now and will continue to do things to dodge that bullet.”