BOSTON With 13 players currently on the disabled list, and a total of 56 player-games missed so far this season, manager Bobby Valentine could be forgiven for thinking of the "what ifs."
What if he had had a fully healthy roster all season?
But, Valentine said he hasnt gone there.
No, its not a thought that I could wrap my head around, he said Sunday morning before the start of the series finale against the Rays. And the other teams are dealing with the same stuff. Thats what the major league seasons all about. The rosters been a challenge all season and it will become more challenging as the season progresses and as these guys come back.
Of the 13 players currently on the DL, seven are outfielders. Valentine has yet to see what was expected to be his starting outfield in the lineup.
But, outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the 7-day concussion DL since May 21, is expected to be activated Monday.
Cody Ross, on the DL since May 19 with a fracture in his left navicular bone, is making progress. Ross was walking around the clubhouse Sunday morning without the plastic boot that has encased his left foot.
As the players make their ways back from the DL, that will present other challenges. If Sweeney is activated Monday, a roster move will have to be made. Che-Hsuan Lin would be the likely move, returning to Pawtucket.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.