CHICAGO – Catcher David Ross, on the seven-day concussion disabled list since May 12, will have a rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Portland. Ross will catch left-hander Franklin Morales, who is continuing his rehab assignment.
Morales, who has been on the DL all season with back and pectoral muscle ailments, will be making his fifth rehab outing. He is expected to throw about 80 pitches and go about five innings. Ross is expected to get about four at-bats.
Whether Ross needs another rehab outing after that will be determined after Thursday’s game.
Morales is expected to join the Sox bullpen when he is activated, barring an injury to a starter. But he is being stretched out in case he is needed in the rotation. He also will be reevaluated after the game to determine his status.
The Sea Dogs host New Hampshire Thursday for an 11 a.m. game.
- Right-hander Ryan Dempster, who is scheduled to start the opening game of the Sox four-game series against the Indians Thursday night at Fenway Park, returned to Boston on Wednesday. Although he threw 127 pitches in his last outing May 18 in Minnesota – the most by a Sox starting pitcher this season and the most he has thrown since Sept. 13, 2011, while with the Cubs – manager John Farrell does not expect him to be limited on Thursday.
“Hopefully not,” Farrell said. “The game is going to unfold, it’s going to dictate some of that. He did travel out early today, just because of our late arrival tonight. But talking with him as far as how his arm felt coming out of his last start, he didn’t feel like there were any changes or lingering effects from the high number of pitches he did throw.”
Dempster, a veteran of 16 seasons, did, however, make some changes to his between-starts routine.
“That was adjusted as he’s felt through his experience just to back off,” Farrell said. “He fully recognizes it was a lot of pitches thrown, so he adjusted his workout accordingly.
“He threw some flat ground, which is not uncommon to some other starts. In-between starts he’s already used that routine this year.”
On Tuesday night, David Ortiz broke up Jose Quintana’s no-hit bid with a one-out single in the seventh inning. According to Elias, it was the thrid time in his career he has broken up a no-hitter in the seventh inning or later. He ended Oakland’s Justin Duchscherer’s no-hit bid on May 24, 2008, with a one-out single in the seventh. He hit a two-out, seventh-inning home run off the Yankees’ Jon Lieber to end his no-hitter on Sept. 18, 2004.
- Jason Varitek, who is now a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington and scout Danny Watkins, will represent the Sox at the draft in Seacaucus, N.J., when it begins June 6. The Sox have the seventh pick in the first round.