Having clinched a playoff spot, the Red Sox can now start focusing on making sure their roster is in condition to do severe damage in October.
David Ortiz is ready to go, set to add to his playoff legacy. Interestingly enough, the man in the Red Sox organization who might be as good as Ortiz during the MLB postseason hasn’t taken an at-bat since April. That could change, however, as it is at least being mentioned as a possibility that third baseman Pablo Sandoval could be activated for the postseason.
Sandoval’s recovery from shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule and the “Panda” has lost a significant amount of weight. Sandoval was at his best with the San Francisco Giants during the team’s World Series runs in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He was even named the 2012 World Series MVP.
“I’m not ruling it out,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Sandoval’s potential return for the postseason. “You can never forecast injury, you can never forecast what takes place ahead. Nothing has been ruled out with Pablo, particularly with how he’s responded. He’s well ahead of schedule.”
Third base has been a weak spot for the Red Sox of late as Yoan Moncada, Travis Shaw and Aaron Hill have been underwhelming in September.