Thinner Sandoval posts progress in gym on Instagram

Thinner Sandoval posts progress in gym on Instagram

In the latest installment of the “Pablo Sandoval doesn’t look as bad as he did last spring training” series, it appears Pablo Sandoval doesn’t look as bad as he did last spring training. 

After essentially a lost 2016 from Sandoval, the Red Sox likely have much higher hopes for the former Giants third baseman as he enters the third year of a five-year contract. The team traded Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada in different deals this month, leaving little competition at third base for Sandoval.  

Sandoval posted pictures and videos of himself working out on his Instagram story Friday, revealing a trimmer frame than the one that was captured in a series of unflattering pictures ahead of the 2016 season. 

This isn't the first time this offseason that Sandoval has popped up in pictures suggesting he's lost weight. In October, FC Barcelona posted pictures of Sandoval attending the soccer club's training session. Then this month, WBZ's Dan Roche tweeted a picture of a slimmed-down Sandoval.

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.