September 24, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has not ruled out injured third baseman Pablo Sandoval returning this year should an injury replacement be required.

Sandoval was not expected back until 2017 following a left shoulder injury that sent him to the disabled list after just three games in April.

''We're staying opened minded,'' Farrell said before Saturday night's game at Tampa Bay. ''If something was to happen, does he make himself an option? That door has not been closed.''

Sandoval has been the designated hitter with the Red Sox's instructional league team in Fort Myers, Florida, and is expected soon to play in the field.

Sandoval worked out with the AL East leaders Saturday, taking batting practice and doing defensive drills.

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