Ross, Sweeney newest Sox to DL, but both improving

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Ross, Sweeney newest Sox to DL, but both improving

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."

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Dombrowski: Red Sox not eyeing 'significant' deal at deadline

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While some reports nationally have the Red Sox in search of a dramatic deal in the run-up to next Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, Dave Dombrowski hardly sounded like someone seeking a blockbuster to improve his club.

"I'm not necessarily looking to make something significant,'' said Dombrowski, ''because we've already added. We have five solid starters. Could they be better? If we have five All-Stars, we're better. But we have five guys we like. Our offense is the best in baseball as far as run production is concerned. Could we better? Sure. Will we be open-minded? Sure. But I don't see that there's a driving force (to do something).''

Certainly, there seem to be plenty of interested trade partners, as Dombrowski revealed that on Monday alone, the Sox received five different trade proposals that they hadn't received before.

"So that's why this time is year is interesting,'' said Dombrowski. "We also have some very good young players in our organization, so some teams are looking for those players. And I can say we're not close to making any trades right now.''

If the Sox have an area of weakness at this point, it's the bullpen, thanks to a season-ending injury to Carson Smith, a long-term injury for Koji Uehara and the current DL stint for closer Craig Kimbrel.

"I think our bullpen will be fine,'' Dombrowski predicted. "We're dealing with a tough situation, for the simple fact that we've had a lot of injuries. (Junichi) Tazawa's up and he's back and pretty much getting to the point where he can get back to his normal routine. Kimbrel threw the ball very well today; I wouldn't be surprised if he joined us relatively soon.

"So all of a sudden, you've got (Matt) Barnes, (Brad) Ziegler, we brought up (Joe) Kelly, (Robbie) Ross has thrown the ball very well for us. Can it be better? Sure. You listen to anything at this point. But. . . I know people keep saying 'They've got to add somebody, they've gotta add somebody.' But they forget that we're getting Kimbrel back and we just got Tazawa back.

"You look at it and if those two guys weren't back. My answer would be yes, we need to do something. But I think we're more in a position where we're open-minded but it's not a necessity.''

Some teams have called on Clay Buchholz, currently relegated to a mop-up role in the bullpen. But Dombrowski said Buchholz still has value to the Sox.

"He's real good protection for us (in the rotation),'' he said. "I thought he threw the ball the other day as well as I've seen him throw it all year. And I know, if you just looked at the stats, you'd say, 'He didn't do very well.' Unfortunately, we missed a couple of balls that were catchable. I thought his stuff was outstanding so he's got a place to help us.''