Nothing is official yet, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “all indications” point to the Red Sox getting outfielder Cody Ross back from the disabled list Tuesday.
Ross has been out since mid-May with a fractured left foot and has gone just 1-for-7 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A, but with Ryan Sweeney becoming the latest Red Sox outfielder to hit the disabled list they could certainly use Ross’ bat in the lineup.
He hit .271 with eight homers in 37 games before the injury, posting an .887 OPS that ranks second on the team behind only David Ortiz at .978. His career numbers aren’t anywhere near that strong, with an OPS nearly 100 points lower, but Boston is running out of other options.
Matt Carpenter pulled his weight and then some during the Cardinals’ 18-5 win on Friday, becoming just the second player in MLB history to tally three home runs and two doubles in the same game… and the first-ever to do so in the first six innings of a single game.
Carpenter wasted little time getting the Cardinals on the board, first drawing a full count against Cubs lefty Jon Lester, then ricocheting a 92.4-MPH fastball off the scoreboard in right field for a leadoff home run. He returned in the second inning for another two-run shot and capped a seven-run spread in the fifth with an RBI double (his first double of the game was a leadoff hit in the fourth) before polishing off his performance with a third, three-run homer in the sixth.
Following Friday’s explosive five-run, seven-RBI performance, Carpenter is now batting .274/.381/.576 on the year with 23 home runs, 30 doubles and a .957 OPS in 388 PA. The last player to record five extra-base hits in one game was the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, who collected four runs and six RBI for the team back in June 2016. As MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch pointed out, Carpenter might have set another franchise record for most home runs in a game had interim manager Mike Shildt not removed him from the game in the bottom of the sixth. The record is still held by former club outfielder Mark Whiten, who collected four home runs (and a staggering 12 RBI) against the Reds in September 1993.