Sweeney hits DL with sesamoid bone (toe) injury

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Sweeney hits DL with sesamoid bone (toe) injury

CHICAGO -- Ryan Sweeney played through the pain, knowing that the Red Sox, already short of outfielders because of injuries, couldn't afford to lose another body.

But Saturday night, after a particularly tough at-bat, he gave in to the obvious: he couldn't continue to play any longer with an injury to his left toe.

Sweeney was placed on the disabled list Sunday with an injured sesamoid bone -- a bone imbedded in a tendon directly under his big left toe -- as the Sox promoted Ryan Kalish from Pawtucket to take his place on the roster.

"It's on my back foot," explained Sweeney, "so when I swing, I'm kind of out of front of everything right now because I can't sit on my back side. It's not fair to the team for me to go out there and not be productive."

The numbers reflect Sweeney's struggles. Since the beginning of this road trip, Sweeney was just 2-for-15.

In the field, it's had less of an effect.

"I try not to think about it when I'm out there running," he said. "But then it hurts after I get down running. I'd like to say it didn't affect me. I got lucky -- I haven't had a lot of balls (hit to him) the last couple of days. But playing center field and having to cover a lot of ground. You have to try to get what you can, but sometimes, you're limited."

Sweeney said the condition has been "hurting for three weeks at least, but it's been pretty bad (lately)."

He plans to get a cortisone shot Monday, then will probably be shut down for while until the soreness subsides.

"Hopefully, it will then feel better when I run," said Sweeney. "If it doesn't I don't know where we'll go from there. I had it happen in 2005, but it wasn't this bad. It kind of went away and then it would come back once in a while, but not this severe. I don't know if it's one those things where it'll keep coming back. We'll see."

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.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.