Sox, Sweeney play it safe, will sit Monday

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Sox, Sweeney play it safe, will sit Monday

BALTIMORE - Ryan Sweeney doesn't appear to be a candidate to join his many fellow outfielders on the increasingly-crowded disabled list, but that doesn't mean he was available to the Sox Monday night.

Sweeney underwent additional mandatory concussion testing from Major League Baseball Monday, but before the Red Sox could get the results from MLB, they thought it best to give the outfielder an additional day of rest.

Sweeney hit his head on the warning track in the seventh inning Saturday night at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia, suffering some whiplash in his neck and persistent headaches.

Fearing that he might have a concussion, the Red Sox have had Sweeney undergo some tests, including a final one administered by MLB that is necessary before he can return to action.

Sweeney took some early batting practice after the test and reported being tired after, so the Sox made the decision to err on the side of caution and keep him out of action for at least one more night.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.