ATLANTA — Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval of Venezuela was benched by manager John Farrell for the June 18 game against Atlanta after using his Instagram account during a loss to the Braves.
Boston is last in the AL East at 28-39 and has lost eight of its last nine games. Farrell said; “This is an incident I believe is isolated. My focus is to get better on the field every day.”
Farrell said the Red Sox will not fine or suspend the Sandoval. The manager was not sure whether Major League Baseball will discipline the 2012 World Series MVP.
Major League Baseball prohibits players from using electronic equipment during the period starting 30 minutes before a game and ending with the game’s conclusion.