Ryan Sweeney is the latest Red Sox outfielder to hit the disabled list, joining Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Cody Ross, and Jason Repko on the shelf after initially playing through a foot injury.
Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that Sweeney has an “irritation in the sesamoid bone in his left foot” and rather than letting him continue to play at less than full strength the Red Sox shut him down and recalled Ryan Kalish from Triple-A.
Bobby Valentine called Sweeney “a trooper” and credited him for a willingness to play hurt in an outfield decimated by injuries, but he recently needed a cortisone shot and was in the midst of a 5-for-31 (.161) slump.
Acquired from the A’s in the Andrew Bailey-for-Josh Reddick swap, Sweeney hit .292 with zero homers, 17 doubles, and a .733 OPS in 52 games and lately had been filling in as a center fielder.
Cody Ross, who’s been playing every day in the Red Sox’s outfield because of injuries to Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, is now joining them on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his left foot.
There’s no timetable yet for his return, but manager Bobby Valentine indicated to reporters that the Red Sox definitely expect him to play again this season.
Ross was hitting .271 with eight homers and an .883 OPS in 37 games, so taking his bat out of the lineup is a big loss and the Red Sox’s outfield is now extremely thin. However, one non-negative to the injury is that it makes things easier on the Red Sox when it comes to activating Kevin Youkilis from the DL, which can now presumably be done without sending Will Middlebrooks back to the minors and may lead to one of them–or perhaps even Adrian Gonzalez–seeing action in the outfield.
That’s just me speculating, of course, and in the meantime the Red Sox are starting Daniel Nava, Marlon Byrd, and Che-Hsuan Lin in the outfield tonight versus the Orioles. And outfielders now on Boston’s disabled list include Ross, Crawford, Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald, Jason Repko, and Ryan Kalish.
Darnell McDonald is the latest injured Red Sox outfielder, joining Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Jason Repko, and Ryan Kalish on the disabled list with an oblique strain.
McDonald took the mound as a pitcher on May 6, but insisted yesterday that the outing had nothing to do with his injury and instead he’s “been trying to battle through it for a while.”
It shows in his numbers, as McDonald hit just .179 with a .634 OPS in 65 plate appearances. Oh, and he also coughed up three runs in that one-inning relief appearance.
Boston called up 27-year-old career minor leaguer Mauro Gomez to take McDonald’s spot on the roster after the journeyman hit .294 with 10 homers and a .610 slugging percentage in 34 games at Triple-A.
Non-tender candidates Pat Neshek and Jason Repko will remain with the Twins and avoid arbitration after signing one-year contracts prior to tonight’s deadline.
Neshek will get $625,000 after spending most of 2010 on the disabled list or back in the minors following a shaky comeback from Tommy John surgery. He’ll compete for a spot in a bullpen that figures to be significantly different thanks to multiple free agents departing.
Repko, who was signed to a minor-league deal last offseason and then served as the Twins’ fourth outfielder after being called up in June, will get $600,000 to fill the same part-time role in 2011.