Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox' $17 million backup, is now out for the season with a shoulder injury after just six at-bats

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Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval to undergo shoulder surgery

The Boston Red Sox announced on Monday that third-baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo shoulder surgery after receiving a second opinion on the matter from Dr. James Andrews. A later report from ESPN added that Sandoval is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

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From ESPN:

Red Sox officials deferred additional comment until after Andrews performs the procedure and declined to offer an updated diagnosis of an injury that had previously been classified as a "strain" or a timetable for Sandoval's recovery. A source told ESPN's Marly Rivera that Sandoval is expected to miss the rest of this season.

Sandoval, who signed a five-year, $95 million contract before the start of last season and currently makes $17 million annually, appeared in just six at-bats this season.

Sandoval struggled mightily during his first season in Boston, and arrived at spring training out of shape for the second consecutive year. After a poor spring training, he was benched to start the season and appeared in just three games. Subsequent reports said he was struggling with overeating.

News of his surgery clears up any speculation over the legitimacy of his shoulder injury.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, are playing just fine without him. As of Tuesday, they are atop the AL East leaderboard at 15-10.

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Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox' $17 million backup, is now out for the season with a shoulder injury after just six at-bats

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24. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: $21,118,782

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23. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: $21,142,857

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22. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals: $21,571,428

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21. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,607,142

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20. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,857,142

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T-18. Jose Reyes, Colorado Rockies & Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees: $22,000,000

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17. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers: $22,125,000

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16. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals: $22,142,857

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15. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: $22,750,000

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14. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: $23,000,000

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13. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: $23,125,000

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12. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers: $23,500,000

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11. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: $24,000,000

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T-7. C.C Sabathia, New York Yankees; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies; Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels; Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs: $25,000,000

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6. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: $25,857,142

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T-4. Miguel Cabrera & Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: $28,000,000

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3. David Price, Boston Red Sox: $30,000,000

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2. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: $34,000,000

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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $34,571,428

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