(Pablo Sandoval via Dan Roche on Twitter)

Much like the hefty subject at its center, this Pablo Sandoval story sure has a lot of meat on its bones.

Yesterday, the Red Sox announced that Sandoval was being placed on the 15-day-disabled list for what he and the team are calling a “shoulder strain.” It sure seemed suspicious at the time, and the additional information leaking today is making the relationship between the Sox and Sandoval look anything but healthy.

Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan wrote that major league sources have said that Sandoval only wants to remain in Boston if he can play every day, and the Red Sox have no intention of playing him unless he loses weight. Passan told The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand that he doesn’t think Dave Dombroski will hesitate in Pulling the rip chord on Sandoval.

In addition to Passan’s story, there are growing reports around the league that the Red Sox are desperately trying to trade the embattled third-baseman.

While Sandoval has said that his shoulder is a legitimate issue, neither he or the team have done much to deny that Panda’s stint on the disabled list is really designed to give the two parties a little space away from each other.

A split between the Red Sox and Sandoval will not be easy with close to $75 million still owed the Panda. League sources have indicated that the Padres’ interest in Sandoval has cooled substantially, and it’s hard to fathom Boston flat-out releasing Pablo, given their substantial investment in him, in addition to his previous success as an all-star player.

Publicly, both sides are saying all the right things. Farrell told reporters: “I still believe that Panda is going to be a contributor on this team.” And Sandoval, ever the optimist with an appetite, said: “I signed here for five years, so I’m here. …I love being here.”

Maybe Sandoval will take this all very personally, and emerge in a few weeks slimmed-down, with a chip on his shoulder, and ready to live up to all those heavy expectations.

At this point, it would be one of the truly remarkable turn-around stories in recent Boston sports history. And, with the benefit of hindsight, this thing was a Vegas marriage from the start.