On Wednesday night, Pablo Sandoval was replaced in the Top of the 6th inning.
He was suffering from dehydration.
Sandoval's weight issues have surrounded him his entire career, and following the Red Sox's 9-2 loss to the White Sox, Boston manager John Farrell was asked if Sandoval's conditioning played a part in his need to exit the game early.
"That's something that Pablo has dealt with his entire career,'' Farrell told reporters. "It continues to be addressed. I can't say tonight is a direct result of that, but there are ongoing efforts support that, to try to get him in the best shape possible.''
At Sandoval's introductory press conference back in late November, he was asked: "Are you sick of all the focus on your weight all the time?"
"No man, I'm gonna be ready," Sandoval answered. "That's why I have my trainer ... the Red Sox trainer, too. He's part of the team. I'm gonna work on those things.
"I'm gonna be ready out there to play third base ... I'm gonna be out there, taking care of those things to play third base."
Another question: "How justified were the Giants' concerns about your size, and what would you say to people that are concerned it could be an issue as you get older?"
"I don't take it personally. I just take it as advice," Sandoval said. "They want me to be a better player. They want me to show them that I can be a better player.
"I learned a lot of things from that. So now that I'm in my new organization, I'm gonna show that I can handle those things. That I'm mature, and grown enough for those challenges."
It's been a rough first year for Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform.
Through 91 games, he's hitting .262 with eight home runs and 34 RBI, and he's ready made 12 errors (he made 11 all last season).
Last week, Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald wrote a column with the headline, "Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval must go."
Last month, he was benched for using Instagram during a game.
After this season, Sandoval has four years and $73 million remaining on his contract, plus there's a $17 million club option ($5 million buyout) in 2020.