PAWTUCKET -- Clay Buchholz wasn't the only rehabbing member of the Red Sox on the field Sunday at McCoy Stadium.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who also hopes to return to the Sox next weekend when they play the Rays in Florida, made his second start for Pawtucket and went 1-for-4 in the PawSox' 4-1 victory over Syracuse. The lone hit was a sharp single to center in the third, after which he came around to score via singles from Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway.
Ellsbury has made two rehab starts for the PawSox and is 1-for-8.
Daniel Bard, meanwhile, isn't on official rehab -- he's actually assigned to Pawtucket -- but he is attempting to rehabilitate his career. And after yet another abysmal performance Thursday night (allowing two hits and two hit batters to the four men he faced, with two wild pitches), he turned in an encouraging 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts. He threw 12 pitches, 9 for strikes, for his second 1-2-3 outing in his last three appearances.
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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