Injuries continue to pile up for Red Sox

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Injuries continue to pile up for Red Sox

PHILADELPHIA -- Injuries have already taken their toll on the Red Sox this season. On Friday night, they were hit by two more, though neither seems to be a long-term concern.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia left the game in the fifth inning when a bizarre ricochet resulted in a ball first striking Ty Wigginton on the arm, then clipping Saltalamacchia's catcher's mitt, and finally, his left ear.

Later, in the eighth inning, Cody Ross fouled a ball off his left foot and came out of the game, replaced by Ryan Sweeney.

Saltalamacchia had what the team labeled a "left ear laceration,'' and visited a local hospital, possibly for stitches to close the gash.

"He has a pretty good laceration of the ear,'' said Bobby Valentine of his catcher, ''and they're checking for concussion and all that other stuff. I couldn't see what happened. The batter has his back to us and (Saltalamacchia) was down.''

Valentine, who raced out to attend to his catcher, said Saltalamacchia was dazed and in pain, but never in danger of losing consciousness.

Daniel Bard, who was on the mound at the time, later spoke with Saltalamacchia and said he expected the catcher to be OK.

"It happened so fast,'' said Bard. "I saw it hit the batter and usually those catchers are pretty well protected. But there's always that way (the ball) can get in and sneak behind their gear. I saw it (on replay) deflect up and hit his ear and it still had a lot of the velocity to it.

"He's OK. He's a little shook up, but it looked like just a pretty good cut on his ear.''

Ross, in the middle of a torrid stretch that has seen him collect four hits and two walks in the last two games, might miss a game or two, but isn't expected to be lost for an extended period.

His homer in the sixth inning was his second in as many games and tied him with David Ortiz for the team home run lead with eight.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.