BOSTON -- Darnell McDonald, on the disabled list retroactive to May 12 with a right oblique strain, is expected to start a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Pawtucket today.
Manager Bobby Valentine said McDonald is expected to play five innings tonight and have Saturday off.
The PawSox host Toledo Friday night for the second game of an eight-game homestand.
Ryan Sweeney, on the 7-day concussion DL, is moving around nicely, Valentine said.
He doesnt have much stiffness in his neck, but I dont know what the update is on the MLB test that he has to pass before he resumes baseball activities.
Cody Ross was in the clubhouse before Fridays game with a boot on his left foot after suffering a navicular bone fracture when fouled a ball off the foot on May 18.
He came into the office today and said his foot feels great and in his mind it shouldnt be much more than the disabled list that hes on, Valentine said. Its all about pain. Hes got to be true. What I said to him: Be true to yourself, be true to us. If you dont feel anything, hey lets go play. If you feel something, give it more time. Theres no other way of doing it. And as general manager Ben Cherington said, if the follow-up MRI comes and shows some healing, then well know that just a little more time will be all the healing.
BOSTON — Eduardo Nunez is expected to be activated Friday night, but he doesn't have third base all to himself. Rookie Rafael Devers is not going to be sent to the minors to make room, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday.
The Red Sox announced a roster move for David Price, who went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But the corresponding move to activate Nunez, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Giants in a trade for two minor leaguers, wasn't immediately clear.
If there's no health situation at play and no one lands on the disabled list, Deven Marrero could be the odd man out.
BOSTON — David Price went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation before his scheduled start Friday. Rick Porcello was moved up a day into Price's slot in the rotation, with Eduardo Rodriguez slated to start Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday.
Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.
The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.
Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to Price's spot on the roster. Price is on the DL retroactive to July 25, the maximum allowable three days that a DL trip can be made retroactive.
The timing of Price's injury is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.