Report: Okajima officially re-signs with the Red Sox

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Report: Okajima officially re-signs with the Red Sox

AccordingtoJerry Crasnick of ESPN, Hideki Okajiman has officially re-signed with the Red Sox.Okajima is guaranteed1.75 million with a possible 550,000 in incentives. Okajima will receive 50,000 if he pitches 70 innnings. He will also make 125,000 for appearing in 60 games and an additional 125,000 for pitching in 65 games. But if he reaches 70 games he will receive 250,000. Okajima finished the 2010 season with an ERA of 4.50 in 46 innings of work. This was the worst ERA Okajima has had in his four seasons with the Red Sox.

Neumeier: Red Sox still not viable championship contender

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Neumeier: Red Sox still not viable championship contender

Bob Neumeier is glad to see Red Sox fans optimistic about their sweep of the New York Yankees, but explains why he still thinks it is unlikely they could win a championship this year

Sandoval to undergo surgery on left shoulder

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Sandoval to undergo surgery on left shoulder

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his left shoulder in the coming days, a procedure that will sideline him for an extended period and could spell the end of his 2016 season.

Sandoval was placed on the DL last month with soreness in his left shoulder. He received a diagnosis from the Red Sox medical staff, but requested a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, one of the country's prominent orthopedic surgeons.

Sandoval visited Andrews less than two weeks ago, but the soreness and inflammation in the shoulder joint was so severe that Andrews couldn't complete the examination. The exam was then rescheduled until Monday.

The Red Sox did not announce the specific nature of the procedure, but in a release, said they would do so after the surgery is performed by Andrews later this week.

It's been widely speculated that Sandoval is dealing with an injury to either the labrum or rotator cuff. Last month, when Sandoval was initially put on the disabled list, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said only that there was "a great deal going on'' in Sandoval's shoulder. Citing HIPA laws, Dombrowski said he couldn't reveal specifics.

It's been an eventful and unhappy season for Sandoval to date. In spring training, he was beaten out for the starting third baseman's job by Travis Shaw, who performed better in the field and at the plate throughout March.

Sandoval had only six hitless at-bats when he was placed on the DL on April 13, retroactive to April 11. On the morning of April 11, Sandoval reported to Fenway Park and told the training staff he had limited range of movement in the shoulder. Sandoval couldn't identify a particular play or event that may have first caused the injury.