Sweeney could hit seven-day DL after failing concussion test

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Sweeney could hit seven-day DL after failing concussion test

BALTIMORE - The Red Sox already have six outfielders on the disabled list. It's entirely possible that they could add a seventh on Tuesday, albeit for a short period of time.

Ryan Sweeney, who hasn't played since making a spectacular diving catch in Philadelphia Saturday night, failed a concussion test administered by Major League Baseball officials Monday night, making him ineligible for Monday's game.

Sweneey has experienced a stiff neck and persistent headaches since. He took an online test, which he failed to pass, early yesterday afternoon.

He then took a round of early batting practice, and even before the Sox got word from MLB that he was ineligible, the Sox decided on their own to keep him out of the lineup.

"I did some hitting and stuff today," said Sweeney. "I don't know, I just felt kind of tired. They just want to be careful with it because it's not something to mess around with. I've never had a head injury so I don't really know what to expect, whether it just goes away one day or if it lasts for a couple of days."

Major League Baseball created a special seven-day DL for players who suffer mild concussions, or exhibit concussion-like symptoms.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Monday night that he and GM Ben Cherington were going to discuss whether to place Sweeney on that.

Asked about the possibility of going on the special DL himself, Sweeney said: "I think maybe. We just have to see, especially with some of the injuries we've had of late."

Indeed, earlier in the day, the Sox announced that Cody Ross had suffered a broken navicular bone in his left foot, and will be placed on the DL Tuesday.

Ross will join Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald, Ryan Kalish and Jason Repko already on the DL.

With Sweeney ineligible and Ross sidelined, the Sox played Monday's game with just 23 players, including no backup outfielders beyond the likes of Mike Aviles, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto, all of whom have scant outfield experience.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.