Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his troublesome left shoulder, the MLB team announced on Monday.
No timetable was given for Sandoval's return to the line-up, but the three-time World Series champion reportedly faces a "significant" surgery and the odds are against him playing again this season, having only appeared in three games in 2016.
Dr. James Andrews examined Sandoval on Monday, two weeks after he was initially scheduled to evaluate the third baseman due to swelling in the shoulder. The undisclosed surgery will be performed this week.
Even more bad news for the Red Sox is Sandoval's massive contract is not insured, according to reports.
Boston will not be able to recoup any of the $17million they owe Sandoval this season.
The 29-year-old is still owed $53m from 2017-2019 with a $17m club option or a $5m buyout for 2020.
Sandoval is a two-time All-Star and the 2012 World Series MVP, but his weight issues and poor play since arriving in Boston from the San Francisco Giants in 2015 have caused a distraction for the team.
Travis Shaw, who earned the starting job at third base, will continue to see time for the current American League (AL) East leaders.