Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval benched for violating Red Sox social media policy

Rob Bradford
June 18, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Pablo Sandoval admitted to reporters in Atlanta Thursday afternoon that he was being benched for the series finale against the Braves because he violated the Red Sox' social media policy. Sandoval said that he had, indeed, "liked" a photo of a woman on Instagram during the seventh inning of the Sox' game against the Braves Wednesday night. The third baseman explained to reporters that he had grabbed his phone on the way to the bathroom in the visitors' clubhouse. Sandoval said he met with both Red Sox manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington about the incident Thursday. He was not fined, but did apologize to both his teammates and manager. Travis Shaw takes Sandoval's place in the Red Sox' lineup, playing third base and hitting seventh.