BOSTON Right fielder Ryan Sweeney was replaced by Cody Ross in the top of the ninth inning of Mondays win over the Tigers.
The move ignited speculation that Sweeney had been traded. The Reds were one of the teams reported to have been interested in him.
Instead, Sweeney is unlikely to be going anywhere except, for X-rays on Tuesday, followed by another trip to the disabled list. A baseball source indicated it is likely Sweeney will have to be placed on the DL.
Sweeney was removed from the game after he punched a door in the dugout following his last at-bat, a groundout for the first out of the eighth inning. Sweeney, batting .260, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Red Sox's 7-3 victory over the Tigers.
I was frustrated and I hit the door coming down and just couldnt throw the ball, said Sweeney, standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse after the game.
I just came down, walked down the stairs, and kind of punched the door a little bit, which I've done before but maybe not to this extent.
Sweeney said he wasnt sure of the severity of the injury, which he said affected the pinkie knuckle on left throwing hand.
I dont know, he said. I never broke my hand before so I dont know what that feels like. I know it hurts a little bit right now.
After the game, manager Bobby Valentine said the injury would likely affect Sweeney for several days.
Sweeney has already had two DL stints this season. He missed six games from May 21 28, when he was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. He missed 18 games from June 17 July 7 with inflammation in his left big toe.
The frustration is huge, Sweeney said. I feel like I just let the team down. I feel terrible right now. Obviously when you hit something and you just have so much adrenaline going and you dont know what happened. So, afterwards, it just hurt a little bit.