BOSTON (CBS SF) — Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was set to undergo surgery on his left shoulder and will face a long rehabilitation period which will likely end his 2016 season.

The team announced the 29-year-old Sandoval will have his surgery performed in the next few days. The Red Sox did not specify a timetable for his recovery. ESPN and the Boston Globe reported Sandoval is expected to miss the rest of the year.

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Sandoval was placed on the Red Sox disabled list on April 13 with a left shoulder strain.

After a stellar seven-year career with the San Francisco Giants, Sandoval left the team as a free agent a month after they won the 2014 World Series to sign a five-year, $95 million deal with Boston.

In his first season with Boston last year, Sandoval hit a disappointing .245 – the lowest batting average of his nine-year career, not including this season.

This season he lost his starting spot at third base after a subpar spring training. He also appeared to be out of shape upon arrival at spring training.

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Sandoval has appeared in only three games this season and has not had a hit, going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts, including one at-bat in which his belt broke.




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