Rob Bradford at WEEI.com reports that shortstop Jose Iglesias will report to Triple-A Pawtucket to start the season. He is one of four shortstops currently on the Pawtucket roster.
Iglesias played a combined 40 games last season between Double-A Portland and Single-A Lowell.
He hit .285 in 20 games for Portland before injuring his right hand. He was later sent down to Lowell where he played 20 more games, hitting .350.
Iglesias had an impressive spring training for the Sox, hitting .320 in 15 games. With Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro currently the 1-2 punch at shortstop for the Red Sox, there should be a close eye kept on the production the PawSox get out of Iglesias.
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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