The Red Sox signed David Ross to a two-year, $6.2 million contract over the winter in hopes that he would share catching duties with Jarrod Saltalamacchia this season, but he has been limited to just 23 games due to a pair of concussions. However, it sounds like he could be back for the stretch run.
According to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com, Ross will begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Double-A Portland. The 36-year-old hasn’t played since June 14, but he was cleared to return to game action after going for a check-up with concussion specialist Michael Collins on Thursday. He’s expected to move up to Triple-A Pawtucket next week and should be activated around the time he’s eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on August 17.
This has been a lost season for Ross so far, but he could provide a nice boost to Boston’s lineup if he’s back to 100 percent. He compiled an .816 OPS from 2009-2012 with the Braves and was a real weapon against left-handed pitching.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.