Valentine: You don't shake off concussions

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Valentine: You don't shake off concussions

BOSTON Ryan Sweeney is the first Red Sox player to go on baseballs seven-day concussion disabled list. The concussion-specific DL was implemented before the start of the 2011 season as part of baseballs policy to manage and oversee the injury, including when a player can get back on the field.

Sweeney, who expects to be activated Monday, said he had never had a concussion or head injury before. Like all players, Sweeney was given a baseline test in spring training. He has had to pass several tests before he can be activated.

Its a necessary step in the battle against brain injuries.

Manager Bobby Valentine said he likely had several concussions in his life.

Of course, he said.

In high school football I went into the wrong huddle and stuff like that. I was concussed. I kind of liked it. I didnt know you werent supposed to like those things. It was kind of like ooooh, ya know, type of thing. But Im sure I had them in baseball.

Well, Ill donate my brain when I have my heart attack tomorrow, they can have my brain. But for sure I had them, and Im not making light of it. I am making light of it because I got over them. But it was a different world.

In a playful mood, Valentine could make light of it. But, he understands the severity of the injury.

Obviously it depends on the individual, but its got to be difficult, he said. All of sudden, youre told and you feel that theres something wrong inside, your brains not functioning like it should. You have to take pause.

The baseball culture shake it off, get back in there is changing. As it should.

I think that all the world of sport has understood that you dont shake it off and get back in there, Valentine said. And they also understand that some people have dodged bullets by shaking it off getting back in there. But its a serious situation that needs to be addressed properly. I think that baseball and all sports are trying to set the right example for kids and others.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

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.