Ross, Sweeney newest Sox to DL, but both improving

Ross, Sweeney newest Sox to DL, but both improving
May 22, 2012, 11:45 pm
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BALTIMORE -- The daily march of outfielders to the disabled list continued unabated, with Cody Ross, eventually, being placed on the 15-day DL and Ryan Sweeney assigned to the newly-created 7-day DL reserve for those with suspected concussion issues.

The moves give the Sox what's believe to be an unprecedented seven outfielders on the DL at once. In addition to Ross and Sweeney: Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Repko, Darnell McDonald and Ryan Kalish.

For a time Tuesday, the Sox were hopeful that Ross might be able to stay off the DL altogether, since he felt significant improvement in his left foot. Ross fouled a ball off his foot last Friday night in Philadelphia.

An MRI performed Monday in Boston showed a small crack in his navicular bone, but when Ross felt better Tuesday, there was, briefly, a feeling that the crack was pre-existing and not the result of Friday's foul ball.

A second opinion from a Baltimore-based orthopedist, however, seemed to rule that out, although the timetable for recovery could be swifter than once thought.

"He feels better," said GM Ben Cherington shortly before gametime Tuesday. "We got some more information today and I think more confirmation that this is something he'll recover from with conservative treatment, hopefully sooner rather than later. But a DL stint is still necessary. We've got to let the thing heal for a while.

"It's frustrating and a tough break for (Ross), but hopefully, we'll get him back as soon as we can. He's felt better every day since it happened and he's been able to put more weight on it. The concern is, since we believe it's a new crack, if he loads too much on it right now, there's a risk of it getting worse. So even though he feels better, we've got to do the right thing and let it heal first."

Ross is wearing a protective boot, and after he discards that, the Sox will have a better idea about the timetable for recovery.

As for Sweeney, he'll eventually have to pass the concussion test administered by MLB officials before being given clearance to play. Sweeney failed that test Monday, prompting his DL stint.

"We'll give him some time to feel better," said Cherington. "He feels a little better today. Hopefully, he feels a little better tomorrow and we'll see where it goes."