KANSAS CITY – Catcher David Ross, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 because of a concussion, has been cleared by specialist Dr. Michael Collins to begin a rehab assignment. Ross, who was examined by Collins Thursday in Pittsburgh, also has to be cleared by Major League Baseball, per protocol. He is expected to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Portland.
Ross will serve as the designated hitter in his first game before working behind the plate. The Red Sox would like to have him catch in back-to-back games before bringing him back.
* Left-hander Franklin Morales, out since June 23 with a left pectoral muscle strain, could be activated as soon as Saturday.
* Alex Wilson, on the DL since July 9 with a right thumb sprain, has been shut down after experiencing a recurrence of discomfort in his thumb. He will be examined by a hand specialist.
* Several Sox pitchers, including Ryan Dempster, Jon Lester, and John Lackey, took batting practice before the game in advance of upcoming interleague games.
* A scoring change was made to the Sox July 27 7-3 win in Baltimore. J.J. Hardy’s eighth-inning RBI single has been changed to an error on Stephen Drew. The run becomes unearned, lowering Junichi Tazawa’s ERA to 2.60
* On this date in 1949, Dom DiMaggio went 0-for-5 against the Yankees, snapping his franchise record 34-game hitting streak. In that stretch he hit .352, going 51-for-145.