Ross injury comes at bad time for Sox

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Ross injury comes at bad time for Sox

PHILADELPHIA - Outfielder Cody Ross was out of the lineup Saturday night and while manager Bobby Valentine suggested that Ross could be available for a pinch-hitting appearance late in the game, that seemed unlikely, given how pronounced his limp was in the clubhouse.

Ross fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth inning of Friday's 6-4 loss to the Phillies and didn't take his position in right in the bottom of the inning.

He later went to a local hospital to have x-rays taken on the foot, which proved negative.

Asked if Ross might be a candidate to spend some time on the disabled list, Valentine said: "We'll see how quickly we can get the swelling out. There could be follow-up (x-rays) once the swelling goes down.''

The mishap comes at a bad time for Ross and the Sox, since he was wielding a hot bat of late, with homers in each of his last two games. Over his last three games, Ross was 5-for-9 with two doubles, two homers, three walks and five RBI.

His homer Friday night was his eighth this season, tying him with David Ortiz for the team lead in that department.

With Adrian Gonzalez making a rare start in right Saturday -- opening first base for DH David Ortiz -- the Sox weren't short of outfielders. That will change, of course, once Gonzalez returns to his normal position at first.

If Ross has to go on the DL, there would be a number of options at Pawtucket, with Lars Anderson, Che-Hsuan Lin and Scott Podsednik among the available outfielders.

Lin and Anderson are on the 40-man roster. Podsednik, obtained earlier this month, would have to be added to the 40-man roster before being promoted.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.