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."

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Price tries to nail down A.L. East clincher in Bronx

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Price tries to nail down A.L. East clincher in Bronx

The Red Sox can clinch the A.L. East title for the first time since 2013, and do it at the home of their arch rivals, with a victory at Yankee Stadium tonight. 

Left-hander David Price (17-8, 3.91) takes the mound with the Red Sox magic number at 1. A Sox win, or a Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Baltimore Orioles, will give Boston the division title.

Brock Holt gets the start at third and Andrew Benintendi is in left field against Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa (4-3, 4.30).

The Red Sox (92-64) have the best record in the A.L., just ahead of the Texas Rangers (92-65), who have clinched the A.L. West title. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Brock Holt 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

David Price LHP

 

YANKEES

Brett Gardner LF

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Gary Sanchez DH

Starlin Castro 2B

Chase Headley 3B

Didi Gregorius SS

Aaron Hicks RF

Austin Romine C

Tyler Austin 1B

Luis Cessa RHP