Sandoval says shoulder feels 'a lot better'

Third baseman to get second opinion Monday, happy to be around teammates for now

Sandoval says shoulder feels 'a lot better'

BOSTON -- On the two-week anniversary of when Pablo Sandoval had to be placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain, the third baseman reported he was feeling much improved on Wednesday.

"A lot better," Sandoval said. "It's still sore, but we'll see what's going on. The inflammation at least went down; it's to a good point, so now we're going to see what's going on there."

That information will come Monday, when Sandoval gets his second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. In the meantime, he will concentrate on the tedious portion of his rehab.

"Just cardio, icing," Sandoval said. "That's the only thing I can do."

Being a spectator has been difficult for Sandoval, who did not travel with the Red Sox on their road trip through Houston and Atlanta.

"It's difficult, because I'm the kind of guy that wants to be around those guys every time," Sandoval said. "I miss my teammates. So these couple of days, I'm happy to get back and spend time with them a little bit more."

Sandoval isn't sure if he will require surgery. That's what will likely be determined on Monday.

"I don't know. I'm not a doctor," Sandoval said. "I'm going to let them make the decisions. I don't know if I'm going to get surgery or not. At least I can move it around. The inflammation went down. I hope they can look at it and see what's going on."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for since 2002. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.